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Appeals Guide - The Hearing
Be prompt. Be sure you understand when and where your
hearing is to be held, and try to arrive a little early for
in-person hearings. If your hearing is by telephone, you must be
at your contact telephone number for the call.
Tardiness. If you filed the appeal, and you do not
appear at the time of hearing or are not available to take the
call within 15 minutes after the hearing starting time, the Hearing Officer will allow the other parties and
witnesses to leave. Even if you are available later, the hearing
cannot be held if the other side is not present. If the appeal
was filed by another party the hearing will proceed on schedule
If you do not attend. If you are the person who appealed
and you do not participate in the hearing, the Hearing Officer
may dismiss the appeal or uphold the appealed decision. If you
are not the person who appealed and you choose not to attend, the
hearing will proceed, and you will not have a later chance to
present your case.
Representation. Most parties appear without an attorney
or other representative. The Hearing Officer will explain
hearing procedures and safeguard the rights of all parties during
the hearing. However, you may be represented, at your own
expense, by an attorney or any other person of your choice. You
must provide the Appeal Tribunal with the name and telephone
number of your representative.
Postponement. If it is impossible for you to participate
in the hearing, call 1-800-232-4762 immediately to request a
postponement. Hearings will be postponed only for good cause.
Hearing procedure. At the time of the hearing, all the
interested parties will be together, either by telephone or in
person. The Hearing Officer will explain the hearing procedures
and issues to be decided. Each person who gives testimony will
be under oath, and all the testimony will be recorded. You will
have an opportunity to testify, and to ask questions of witnesses
The Hearing Officer will introduce documents or other material
evidence. At the end
of the hearing, the Hearing Officer will allow you to make a
closing statement to explain your position.
Assistance at the hearing. The Hearing Officer has a duty
to provide a full, fair, and courteous hearing to all parties.
The Hearing Officer will control the hearing to prevent
intimidation or discourtesy and will assist you when necessary in
presenting your case. If you are taken by surprise or confused
about what to do next, ask the Hearing Officer for help.
Please remember, however, that the Hearing Officer must exclude
evidence that is repetitious or not relevant.
If you disagree with a ruling by the Hearing Officer, make a
brief statement informing the Hearing Officer why you disagree.
Even if the Hearing Officer does not change the ruling at the
hearing, you have your objection or request on the record. If
the Hearing Officer was wrong, the decision may be reversed on
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