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Subchapter F. PRESIDING OFFICERS


Sec.


5.481.    Designation of presiding officers.
5.482.    Disqualification of a presiding officer.
5.483.    Authority of presiding officer.
5.484.    Restrictions on duties and activities.
5.485.    Manner of conduct of hearings.
5.486.    Unavailability of presiding officer.

§ 5.481. Designation of presiding officer.

 (a)  When evidence is to be taken in a proceeding, either the Commission or its representative appointed according to law, may preside at the hearing.

 (b)  Subsection (a) is identical to 1 Pa. Code §  35.185 (relating to designation of presiding officers).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  5.481 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  5.481 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 (225713).

§ 5.482. Disqualification of a presiding officer.

 (a)  A party may file a motion for disqualification of a presiding officer which shall be accompanied by affidavits alleging personal bias or other disqualification.

 (b)  A presiding officer may withdraw from a proceeding when deemed disqualified in accordance with law.

 (c)  A motion for disqualification shall be served on the presiding officer and the parties to the proceeding.

 (d)  The presiding officer will rule upon a motion for disqualification within 30 days of receipt. Failure to rule upon a motion for disqualification within 30 days of its receipt will be deemed to be a denial of the motion.

 (e)  The ruling of the presiding officer on a motion for disqualification is subject to the interlocutory appeal procedure in §  5.303 (relating to Commission action on petition for interlocutory review and answer).

 (f)  Subsections (a)—(e) supersede 1 Pa. Code §  35.186 (relating to disqualification of a presiding officer).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  5.482 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  5.482 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 page (225713).

§ 5.483. Authority of presiding officer.

 (a)  The presiding officer will have the authority specified in the act, subject to this title. This authority includes, but is not limited to, the power to exclude irrelevant, immaterial or unduly repetitive evidence, to prevent excessive examination of witnesses, to schedule and impose reasonable limitations on discovery and to otherwise regulate the course of the proceeding.

 (b)  Subsection (a) supersedes 1 Pa. Code §  35.187 (relating to authority delegated to presiding officers).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  5.483 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  309—311, 315, 331—335, 501, 504—506, 701—703, 1101—1103, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  5.483 adopted October 12, 1984, effective January 1, 1985, 14 Pa.B. 3819; amended December 2, 1988, effective January 3, 1989, 18 Pa.B. 5451; 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 page (225714).

§ 5.484. Restrictions on duties and activities.

 (a)  Presiding officers will perform no duties inconsistent with the act, the rules of the Commission, or with their duties and responsibilities.

 (b)  Except as required for the disposition of ex parte matters not prohibited by the act, no presiding officer will consult a person or party on a fact in issue unless upon notice and opportunity for all parties to participate.

 (c)  Subsections (a) and (b) are identical to 1 Pa. Code §  35.188 (relating to restrictions on duties and activities).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  5.484 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  5.484 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 (225714).

§ 5.485. Manner of conduct of hearings.

 (a)  The presiding officer will conduct a fair and impartial hearing and maintain order.

 (b)  The presiding officer may note on the record a party’s disregard of a ruling. When necessary, the presiding officer may submit a report to the Commission recommending suspension and disbarment of the offending person as provided by §  1.27 (referring to suspension and disbarment).

 (c)  Subsections (a) and (b) supersede 1 Pa. Code §  35.189 (relating to manner of conduct of hearings).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  5.485 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  5.485 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 pages (225714) to (225715).

§ 5.486. Unavailability of presiding officer.

 (a)  If a presiding officer becomes unavailable, the Chief Administrative Law Judge may either designate another qualified officer to prepare the initial or recommended decision or cause the record to be certified to the Commission for decision.

 (b)  Subsection (a) is identical to 1 Pa. Code §  35.203 (relating to unavailability of presiding officer).

Authority

   The provisions of this §  5.486 amended under the Public Utility Code, 66 Pa.C.S. § §  501, 504—506, 1301 and 1501.

Source

   The provisions of this §  5.486 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 pages (225715).



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