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WFSB 2.08(5) (5)To reschedule hearing. A request by either party to reschedule hearing shall set forth
WFSB 2.08(5)(a) (a) The reasons for the request,
WFSB 2.08(5)(b) (b) Alternate dates for rescheduling, and
WFSB 2.08(5)(c) (c) The positions of all other parties, if known.
WFSB 2.08(6) (6) Except for good cause shown, any request for rescheduling must be received at least 2 working days before the date set for hearing.
WFSB 2.08 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84.
WFSB 2.09 WFSB 2.09 Prehearing conference.
WFSB 2.09(1) (1) Purpose. Prehearing conferences are intended to provide an opportunity to consider:
WFSB 2.09(1)(a) (a) Formulation of a statement of the issue or issues presented by a proceeding.
WFSB 2.09(1)(b) (b) Whether the parties can reconcile differences and settle any issues among themselves.
WFSB 2.09(1)(c) (c) The possibility of obtaining stipulations as to facts in the case.
WFSB 2.09(1)(d) (d) Designation of time and place for the public meeting in an arbitration.
WFSB 2.09(1)(e) (e) Which party shall present evidence first at public hearings and meetings.
WFSB 2.09(1)(f) (f) Any other issues which shall aid the board in performing its duties.
WFSB 2.09(2) (2)Mandatory disclosure. At prehearing conferences, the parties shall submit and exchange lists of their witnesses, and the originals or copies of the documentary and other physical evidence which they intend to utilize at the hearing, if available at that time. If the prehearing conference is conducted by the conference telephone call, submission and exchange of these materials will be by mail. Following the prehearing conference, or if no prehearing conference is held, the parties are under a continuing obligation to submit and exchange lists of further witnesses and further evidentiary matter which they intend to utilize at the hearing. With the exception of rebuttal matter, names of witnesses and copies of exhibits must be submitted more than 2 working days before the commencement of the hearing or will be subject to exclusion, unless good cause for the failure to comply is shown.
WFSB 2.09 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84.
WFSB 2.10 WFSB 2.10 Depositions and discovery.
WFSB 2.10(1) (1) The examiner on application of any party may by issuance of a subpoena or other appropriate order authorize the taking of a deposition of a party or any other person for discovery or other purposes, in such manner and upon such terms and conditions as the examiner may prescribe. Such subpoenas or orders may require the production of documents or physical evidence. Depositions may be taken orally or in writing, or upon written interrogatories. Depositions may be authorized only for the purpose of obtaining information or evidence not otherwise readily available without the taking of a deposition, or which is reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of admissible evidence. The taking of a deposition may be denied if it will result in undue delay of the proceedings. Upon motion of any party, or at any time the examiner determines, a proponent of procedures authorized in this section may be required to show good cause that such procedures are not being used for purposes of delay or are not otherwise unnecessary or duplicative.
WFSB 2.10(2) (2) Depositions may be taken before any person having power to administer oaths. Examinations shall be conducted as on direct examination, except that adverse parties or hostile witnesses may be examined as under cross examination.
WFSB 2.10(3) (3) Depositions under this section may be used as evidence if otherwise admissible under the same circumstances in which they may be admitted in civil actions in courts of law.
WFSB 2.10(4) (4) If any part of a deposition is put in evidence, any party may require the production of the remainder, or any other portion of the deposition. Depositions under this section may be used for impeachment purposes.
WFSB 2.10(5) (5) Copies of all written interrogatories and cross interrogatories shall be submitted to the examiner. Each interrogatory shall be fully and completely answered in writing and under oath. Answers, including objections, if any, shall be submitted to the requesting party, with a copy to the examiner, within 10 days after service of the interrogatory, or such other period as the examiner may specify. The requesting party may move for an order overruling objections which are without merit and compelling an answer within such period of time as may be designated by the examiner.
WFSB 2.10(6) (6) In lieu of or in addition to procedures under sub. (5), any party may serve upon any other party, with a copy to the examiner, a demand to admit or deny the genuineness of relevant documents or the existence or truthfulness of relevant facts. If the party upon whom demand is made fails or refuses to comply with the demand or file objections setting forth grounds for such objections within 10 days after service of the demand, the facts included in the demand shall be taken as true. Answers or objections shall be under oath. The party making the demand may move for an order overruling objections which are without merit, and compelling an admission or denial in accordance with the demand.
WFSB 2.10(7) (7) Upon failure of the party served to answer as required under subs. (5) and (6), the examiner may, upon motion of the requesting party, enter such order as may be fair and just, including:
WFSB 2.10(7)(a) (a) An order that designated facts and documents shall be taken to be established in accordance with the claim of the party serving the demand to admit or deny.
WFSB 2.10(7)(b) (b) An order refusing to allow the disobedient party to support or oppose designated claims or defenses, or prohibiting the party from introducing designated matters in evidence.
WFSB 2.10(7)(c) (c) An order striking out pleadings or parts thereof.
WFSB 2.10(8) (8)Videotape depositions. Depositions recorded by videotape are governed by ss. 885.40 to 885.47, Stats.
WFSB 2.10 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84; cr. (8), Register, July, 1991, No. 427, eff. 8-1-91.
WFSB 2.11 WFSB 2.11 Hearings, transcripts.
WFSB 2.11(1) (1) Public hearing. All hearings shall be public.
WFSB 2.11(2) (2)Rescheduling of hearing. Upon its own motion or proper cause shown by any of the parties, the board may, prior to the opening of the hearing, reschedule the date of such hearing.
WFSB 2.11(3) (3)Rights of parties at hearing. Any party shall have the right to appear by counsel or by any other representative to present his case by oral, documentary, or other evidence, and to conduct such cross examination as may be required for a full and true disclosure of the facts. Any party shall be entitled, upon request, to a reasonable period for oral argument at an appropriate time during the hearing.
WFSB 2.11(4) (4)Effect of failure to appear. Any party failing to appear and participate after certified receipt of notice shall be deemed to have waived the rights set forth in sub. (2), to admit the accuracy of the uncontradicted evidence put forth by the parties present, and shall, unless good cause be shown, be precluded thereafter from introducing any evidence controverting any contentions or allegations. The examiner may relay on the record as made.
WFSB 2.11(5) (5)Opening statements. Opening statements are optional and shall be confined to a brief summary of the nature of the case, the evidence intended to be offered, and the controlling legal authorities.
WFSB 2.11(6) (6)Evidence. Rules of evidence are governed by ss. 227.45 and 885.40 to 885.47, Stats.
WFSB 2.11(7) (7)Witnesses.
WFSB 2.11(7)(a)(a) Normally, a witness shall be examined first on direct examination by the party calling the witness, unless the witness is called adversely, in which case the witness shall be first examined adversely by the party calling the witness.
WFSB 2.11(7)(b) (b) Witnesses may testify either by answers to questions or in narrative form.
WFSB 2.11(7)(c) (c) Cross-examination shall not be limited to matters to which the witness testified on direct.
WFSB 2.11(7)(d) (d) A person examining or cross-examining a witness shall not approach the witness stand except to show the witness an exhibit.
WFSB 2.11(7)(e) (e) Examination and cross-examination should be confined to questioning the witness and should not be interspersed with argument or commentary on the testimony. A party not represented by counsel should not make evidentiary statements while examining or cross-examining a witness. Such evidentiary statements should be restricted to the part of the case where the party is testifying on his or her own behalf.
WFSB 2.11(8) (8)Stipulations. Parties may stipulate to some or all of the facts, and the board may base its order upon such stipulation.
WFSB 2.11(9) (9)Exhibits. All exhibits shall be marked and made available for inspection by the opposing party before being shown to the witness, unless the exhibit shall have been marked and a copy made available to the opposing party prior to the hearing.
WFSB 2.11(10) (10)Continuances. Continuances, postponements, adjournments, recesses and extensions of time may be granted or directed by the board or individual conducting the hearing. Hearings may be recessed or adjourned at the request of any party adversely affected by the introduction of evidence constituting undue surprise to afford such party a fair and reasonable opportunity to examine and study such evidence.
WFSB 2.11(11) (11)Transcripts. A stenographic, electronic or other record of hearings and such other proceedings as the board may designate shall be recorded. The typed transcript or other record will be available in the board office for the use of the parties. Copies of the tape recordings, transcripts or other records shall be furnished upon request, at cost.
WFSB 2.11(12) (12)Corrections of transcript. Corrections of the official transcript may be made only when they involve errors affecting substance and shall be made only in the manner provided here. Proposed corrections shall be submitted by stipulation or request. Corrections pursuant to a request, shall not be ordered except upon notice and opportunity for submission of statements in opposition. When corrections are so ordered the necessary physical corrections shall be made in the official transcript.
WFSB 2.11(13) (13)Briefs. The board or individual conducting the hearing may require briefs and shall indicate the date on or before which they shall be submitted.
WFSB 2.11 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84; corrections in (4) and (6) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 4. and 7., Stats., Register, November, 1988, No. 395; am. (6), Register, July, 1991, No. 427, eff. 8-1-91.
WFSB 2.12 WFSB 2.12 Hearing subpoenas. The examiner may issue subpoenas requiring attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of any evidence, including books, records, correspondence or documents in their possession or under their control. Application for subpoenas may be made ex parte. The subpoena shall show on its face the name and address of the party, at whose request it was issued, and the proceeding involved.
WFSB 2.12 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84.
WFSB 2.13 WFSB 2.13 Duties of examiners. The examiner shall inquire fully into all matters in issue, to obtain a full and complete record upon which the duties of the board under s. 289.33, Stats., may be properly discharged.
WFSB 2.13 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84; correction made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register, October, 1999, No. 526.
WFSB 2.14 WFSB 2.14 Powers of examiners. The examiners may take the following action, subject to these rules within the board's power.
WFSB 2.14(1) (1) To administer oaths and affirmations;
WFSB 2.14(2) (2) To issue subpoenas in the name of the board;
WFSB 2.14(3) (3) To rule upon offers of proof, receive relevant evidence, and exclude irrelevant, immaterial, or unduly repetitious evidence;
WFSB 2.14(4) (4) To question witnesses;
WFSB 2.14(5) (5) To take or cause depositions to be taken and to determine their scope;
WFSB 2.14(6) (6) To regulate the time, place and course of the hearing;
WFSB 2.14(7) (7) To dispose of procedural requests or other similar matters;
WFSB 2.14(8) (8) During the course of the hearing to hold conferences for the settlement, simplification or adjustment of the issues by consent of the parties; and,
WFSB 2.14(9) (9) To take any other action necessary under the foregoing or authorized under these rules.
WFSB 2.14 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84.
WFSB 2.15 WFSB 2.15 Procedures, application. Procedures under this chapter shall only apply to public hearings and not public informational meetings.
WFSB 2.15 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84.
WFSB 2.16 WFSB 2.16 Close of hearing. A hearing shall be deemed closed when the evidence is closed and when any period fixed for filing of briefs, presentation of oral argument, if any, or both has expired. The hearing may be re-opened by the examiner on good cause shown by either party.
WFSB 2.16 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84.
WFSB 2.17 WFSB 2.17 Waiver of procedure. The parties to any proceeding may agree to waive any one or more of the procedural requirements or decisions which would otherwise precede the issuance of a final order or other final deposition issued by the examiner.
WFSB 2.17 History History: Cr. Register, November, 1984, No. 347, eff. 12-1-84.
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