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23-491.10. Hearing rights and procedures

A. Any interested party may request a hearing before the commission to contest any correction order issued pursuant to this article.

B. A request for hearing shall be made in writing, signed by or on behalf of the interested party and include such party's address.

C. The commission shall refer the request for the hearing to the administrative law judge division for determination as expeditiously as possible. The presiding administrative law judge may dismiss a request for hearing if it appears that the disputed issues have been resolved by the parties. Any interested party who objects to such dismissal may request a review pursuant to section 23-491.12.

D. At least twenty days' prior notice of the time and place of the hearing shall be given to all parties in interest by mail at their last known address. Hearings shall be held in the county where the alleged violation occurred or such other place selected by the administrative law judge.

E. A record of all proceedings at the hearing shall be made but need not be transcribed unless a party applies to the court of appeals for a petition for special action pursuant to section 23-491.14. The record of the proceedings if not transcribed shall be kept for at least two years.

F. Except as otherwise provided in this section and rules or procedures established by the commission, the administrative law judge is not bound by common law or statutory rules of evidence or by technical or formal rules of procedure and may conduct the hearing in any manner that will achieve substantial justice.

G. Any party shall be entitled to issuance and service of subpoenas under the general subpoena powers of the commission. Any party or a representative may serve such subpoenas.

H. Upon the filing of a request for hearing, any interested party or his authorized agent is entitled to inspect the file of the commission provided the authorized agent has filed the authorization to inspect with the commission.

I. Within thirty days after the date of notice of hearing, any interested party to a hearing before the commission may file an affidavit for change of administrative law judge against any administrative law judge of the commission hearing such matter or commencing to hear such matter, setting forth any of the grounds as provided in subsection J of this section. The administrative law judge shall immediately transfer the matter to another administrative law judge of the commission who shall preside. Not more than one change of administrative law judge shall be granted to any one party.

J. Grounds which may be alleged for change of administrative law judge are that:

1. The administrative law judge has been engaged as counsel in the hearing prior to appointment as administrative law judge.

2. The administrative law judge is otherwise interested in the hearing.

3. The administrative law judge is related to a party to the hearing.

4. The administrative law judge is a material witness in the hearing.

5. The party filing the affidavit has cause to believe and does believe, that on account of the bias, prejudice or interest of the administrative law judge, he cannot obtain a fair and impartial hearing.