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52 Pa. Code § 5.412a. Electronic submission of pre-served testimony.

§ 5.412a. Electronic submission of pre-served testimony.

 (a)  General requirement for electronic submission. A party serving pre-served testimony in proceedings pending before the Commission under §  5.412(f) (relating to written testimony) is required, within 30 days after the final hearing in an adjudicatory proceeding, unless the time period is otherwise modified by the presiding officer, to electronically file with, under §  1.32(b) (relating to filing specifications), or provide to the Secretary’s Bureau a compact disc or technology prescribed by the Commission containing the testimony furnished by the party to the court reporter during the proceeding.

 (b)  Form of electronic submission. Electronically submitted testimony must be limited to pre-served testimony documents and be in Portable Document Format. Exhibits attached to pre-served testimony documents may be electronically submitted to the Commission in accordance with subsection (a). Exhibits not electronically submitted with pre-served testimony shall be submitted in paper form to the court reporter at hearing. The electronic submission requirements in this section do not apply to discovery requests or responses, or pre-filed testimony, including testimony filed under §  53.53(c) (relating to information to be furnished with proposed general rate increase filings in excess of $1 million).

   (1)  Electronic submission. Each piece of pre-served testimony filed through the Commission’s electronic filing system shall be uploaded separately. Each piece of pre-served testimony submitted to the Secretary’s Bureau on a compact disc or other technology as prescribed by the Commission may be uploaded onto one compact disc, pending file size limitations.

   (2)  Electronic submission of testimony modified at hearing. Pre-served testimony submitted to the Commission must match exactly the version of testimony the presiding officer has required to be submitted to the court reporter at hearing. When a presiding officer requires a party to make hand-marked modifications to testimony during the hearing before submitting the testimony to the court reporter, the pre-served testimony electronically submitted to the Commission shall be marked to reflect the modifications. When a presiding officer does not require a party to make modifications to testimony at hearing before submitting the testimony to the court reporter, the pre-served testimony electronically submitted to the Commission may not be marked. Testimony not admitted into the record during a hearing may not be electronically submitted to the Commission.

     (i)   Electronic submission of testimony striken at hearing. Pre-served testimony which was stricken at hearing shall be revised to reflect that which was stricken by containing hand-marked strikethroughs or electronic strikethroughs on the testimony. A party may not completely electronically delete testimony which was striken at hearing.

     (ii)   Pagination of electronically submitted testimony documents. Striken or modified text on electronically submitted pre-served testimony documents must appear on the same page as the striken or modified text on the pre-served testimony documents submitted to the court reporter at hearing.

   (3)  Labeling of electronically submitted testimony. Pre-served testimony electronically submitted to the Commission must be labeled consistent with the following examples:

     (i)   ‘‘


St. No.
Direct Testimony of
.’’

     (ii)   ‘‘


St. No.
-R Rebuttal Testimony of
.’’

     (iii)   ‘‘


St. No.
-SR Surrebuttal Testimony of
.’’

 (c)  Submission of paper copies of pre-served testimony to the court reporter when electronically filing pre-served testimony. When electronically filing pre-served testimony with the Commission, one paper copy of pre-served testimony shall be provided to the court reporter at hearing.

 (d)  Electronic submission of confidential or proprietary testimony. Electronically submitted testimony confidential or proprietary in nature shall be submitted to the Secretary’s Bureau on a compact disc or other technology as prescribed by the Commission. The compact disc must be labeled ‘‘CONFIDENTIAL’’ or ‘‘PROPRIETARY.’’ Confidential or proprietary testimony may not be filed through the Commission’s electronic filing system. Electronically submitted testimony confidential or proprietary in nature must match exactly the version of the confidential or proprietary testimony submitted to the court reporter at hearing.

 (e)  Electronic submission of improper testimony. If a party in an adjudicatory proceeding discovers that improper testimony documents have been electronically submitted to the Commission, the party may raise the improper submission with the presiding officer assigned to the adjudicatory proceeding. The presiding officer or the Commission will make a determination regarding the submission of improper testimony.

 (f)  Electronic access to electronically submitted testimony. A party shall obtain an eFiling account with the Commission to view electronically submitted pre-served testimony and to receive daily action alerts from the Commission’s case and document management database that pre-served testimony has been electronically submitted to the Commission.

Source

   The provisions of this §  5.412a adopted December 19, 2014, effective December 20, 2014, 44 Pa.B. 7852.

Cross References

   This section cited in 52 Pa. Code §  5.412 (relating to written testimony).



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