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52 Pa. Code § 5.245. Failure to appear, proceed or maintain order in proceedings.

§ 5.245. Failure to appear, proceed or maintain order in proceedings.

 (a)  After being notified, a party who fails to be represented at a scheduled conference or hearing in a proceeding will:

   (1)  Be deemed to have waived the opportunity to participate in the conference or hearing.

   (2)  Not be permitted thereafter to reopen the disposition of a matter accomplished at the conference or hearing.

   (3)  Not be permitted to recall witnesses who were excused for further examination.

 (b)  Subsection (a)(1)—(3) does not apply if the presiding officer determines that the failure to be represented was unavoidable and that the interests of the other parties and of the public would not be prejudiced by permitting the reopening or further examination. Counsel shall be expected to go forward with the examination of witnesses at the hearing under §  5.242 (relating to order of procedure), or as has been otherwise stipulated or has been directed by the presiding officer.

 (c)  If the Commission or the presiding officer finds, after notice and opportunity for hearing, that the actions of a party, including an intervenor, in a proceeding obstruct the orderly conduct of the proceeding and are inimical to the public interest, the Commission or the presiding officer may take appropriate action, including dismissal of the complaint, application, or petition, if the action is that of complainant, applicant, or petitioner.


   The provisions of this §  5.245 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.


   The provisions of this §  5.245 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended April 28, 2006, effective April 29, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 2097. Immediately preceding text appears at serial page (286038).

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