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52 Pa. Code § 5.222. Initiation of prehearing conferences in nonrate proceedings.

§ 5.222. Initiation of prehearing conferences in nonrate proceedings.

 (a)  To make possible a more effective use of hearing time in formal proceedings, other than rate proceedings which are governed by §  5.224 (relating to prehearing conference in rate proceedings), to otherwise expedite the orderly conduct and disposition of the proceedings and to serve the ends of justice and the public interest, it is the policy of the Commission to arrange for conferences between parties to the proceedings prior to the commencement of hearings.

 (b)  The Commission, or the presiding officer may direct that a prehearing conference be held, and direct the parties to the proceeding to appear to consider the matters enumerated in subsection (c). Notice of the time and place of the conference shall be given to all parties to the proceeding. The conferences may be conducted telephonically.

 (c)  The following matters shall be considered at prehearing conference:

   (1)  The possibilities for settlement of the proceeding, subject to the approval of the Commission.

   (2)  The amount of hearing time which will be required to dispose of the proceeding and the establishment of a schedule of hearing dates.

   (3)  Arrangements for the submission of direct testimony of witnesses in writing in advance of hearing to the extent practicable, and for the submission in advance of hearing or written requests for information which a party contemplates asking another party to present at hearing.

   (4)  Other matters that may aid in expediting the orderly conduct and disposition of the proceeding and the furtherance of justice, including the following:

     (i)   The simplification of the issues.

     (ii)   The exchange and acceptance of service of exhibits proposed to be offered in evidence.

     (iii)   The obtaining of admissions as to, or stipulations of, facts not remaining in dispute, or the authenticity of documents which might properly shorten the hearing.

     (iv)   The limitation of the number of witnesses.

     (v)   A proposed plan and schedule of discovery which may include specific limitations on the number of written interrogatories and requests for admissions a party may propound on another party.

 (d)  Parties and counsel will be expected to attend the conference fully prepared for a useful discussion of all problems involved in the proceeding, both procedural and substantive, and fully authorized to make commitments with respect thereto.

   (1)  The preparation must include submission of a prehearing memorandum and list:

     (i)   The presently identified issues.

     (ii)   The names and addresses of the witnesses.

     (iii)   The proposed area of testimony of each witness.

   (2)  The preparation may include:

     (i)   Development of a proposed procedural schedule.

     (ii)   Advance study of all relevant materials.

     (iii)   Advance informal communication between the parties, including requests for additional data and information, to the extent it appears feasible and desirable.

 (e)  Failure of a party to attend the conference, after being served with notice of the time and place thereof, without good cause shown, shall constitute a waiver of all objections to the agreements reached and to an order or ruling with respect thereto.

 (f)  Subsections (a)—(c) supersede 1 Pa. Code §  35.112 (relating to conferences to expedite hearings). Subsection (d) is identical to 1 Pa. Code §  35.113 (relating to initiation of conferences).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  5.222 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  5.222 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended January 24, 1997, effective January 25, 1997, 27 Pa.B. 414; amended April 28, 2006, effective April 29, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 2097. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (225663) to (225664).

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  5.224 (relating to prehearing conference in rate proceedings); and 52 Pa. Code §  5.234 (relating to presentation and effect of stipulations).



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