38 CFR 19.12 - Disqualification of Members.
(a)General. A Member of the Board will disqualify himself or herself in a hearing or decision on an appeal if that appeal involves a determination in which he or she participated or had supervisory responsibility in the agency of original jurisdiction prior to his or her appointment as a Member of the Board, or where there are other circumstances which might give the impression of bias either for or against the appellant.
(b)Appeal on same issue subsequent to decision on administrative appeal. Any Member of the Board who made the decision on an administrative appeal will disqualify himself or herself from acting on a subsequent appeal by the claimant on the same issue.
(c)Disqualification of Members by the Chairman. The Chairman of the Board, on his or her own motion, may disqualify a Member from acting in an appeal on the grounds set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section and in those cases where a Member is unable or unwilling to act.