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R 205.1270 Prehearing conferenceRule 270
(1) Except as provided by R 205.1249 or as otherwise ordered by the tribunal, a prehearing conference shall be held in all proceedings before the entire tribunal.
(2) Not less than 14 days before the prehearing conference, each party shall exchange and file with the clerk a prehearing statement in a form determined by the tribunal.
(3) The purposes of the prehearing conference are as follows:
(4) When a case is ready for prehearing as determined by the tribunal, the clerk shall schedule the matter for a date-certain prehearing at a time and place to be designated by the tribunal or shall place the proceeding on a prehearing general call.
(5) Not less than 28 days before a date-certain prehearing, unless otherwise ordered by the tribunal, the clerk shall send notice of the time, date, and place of the date-certain prehearing to all parties.
(6) Not less than 28 days before the commencement of a prehearing general call, unless otherwise ordered by the tribunal, the clerk shall send notice of the prehearing general call and an order of prehearing procedure to all parties whose case is placed on the prehearing general call. The notice shall set forth the time period in which the prehearing will be held and the dates for the filing and exchange of valuation disclosures and prehearing statements.
(7) The member or hearing officer who conducts the prehearing conference shall inquire of the parties as to whether or not all claims arising out of the appealed finding, ruling, determination, decision, or order have been joined. The answers to the inquiry and each finding, ruling, determination, decision, or order pertaining to the claims shall be included in the summary of the results of the conference.
(8) The member or hearing officer who conducts the prehearing conference shall prepare, and cause to be served upon the parties or their representatives, not less than 14 days in advance of hearing, an order summarizing the results of the conference specifically covering each of the items stated in the rule. The summary of results controls the subsequent course of the proceeding unless modified at or before the hearing by the tribunal to prevent manifest injustice.
(9) The member or hearing officer who conducts the prehearing conference may direct a party or the party's authorized representative to furnish the tribunal with a hearing brief as to the legal issues involved in the proceeding.
(10) Discovery shall not be conducted after completion of the prehearing conference, unless otherwise ordered by the tribunal.
(11) Failure to appear at a duly scheduled prehearing conference may result in the dismissal of the appeal or the scheduling of a default hearing as provided in R 205.1247(3).
History: 1954 ACS 84, Eff. Aug. 16, 1975; 1954 ACS 101, Eff. Oct. 30, 1979; 1979 AC; 1996 MR 4, Eff. May 2, 1996.
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