prior to any investigation
"Public Hearings" are administrative hearings, or trials, governed by the UniformAdministrative Procedure Act.1
The process and procedures for contested cases are set forth
Sections 46a-54-78a to 46a-54-98a
First, a complaint
certified for public hearing. Upon certification, the Office
Public Hearing appoints a human rights referee to act as the presiding officer. Thepresiding officer has the authority to rule upon motions, enter an order
default,administer oaths, admit or exclude testimony
other evidence, subpoena witnesses,and compels their attendance for the purpose
producingphysical evidence or both.
Within 45 days
certification, a "Hearing Conference" is held. The "HearingConference" is akin to a scheduling conference. The parties set dates for theamendment
the pleadings, the disclosure
documents, motion practice, theexchange
witness and exhibit lists, and documents the parties intend to introduce asexhibits at the hearing.
The presiding officer then issues a Notice
Public Hearing. The Respondenthas 15 days from the Notice
Public Hearing to Answer the Complaint.
Thereafter, a public hearing
held. There, the parties may call, examine andcross-examine witnesses and introduce evidence into the record, subject to the
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