Ariz. Admin. Code § R6-13-154 - Failure to Appear; Default; Reopening

Current through Register Vol. 48, No. 14, April 8, 2022

A. If an appellant fails to appear at the scheduled hearing, the hearing officer shall:
1. Enter a default and issue a decision dismissing the appeal, except as provided in subsection (B);
2. Rule summarily on the available record; or
3. Adjourn the hearing to a later date and time.
B. The hearing officer shall not enter a default if the appellant notifies the Office of Appeals before the scheduled time of hearing that the appellant cannot attend the hearing because of good cause and still desires a hearing or wishes to have the matter considered on the available record.
C. A party who did not appear at a scheduled hearing date may file, no more than 10 days after a dismissal date, a request to reopen the proceedings. The request shall be in writing and shall demonstrate good cause for the party's failure to appear.
D. The hearing officer shall set the matter for a hearing to determine whether the appellant had good cause for failing to appear.
E. If the hearing officer finds that the party had good cause for failure to appear, the hearing officer shall reopen the proceedings and schedule a new hearing with notice to all interested parties as prescribed in R6-13-147.
F. Good cause, for the purpose of reopening a hearing, is established if the failure to appear at the hearing and the failure to timely notify the hearing officer were beyond the reasonable control of the nonappearing party. Good cause also exists when the nonappearing party demonstrates excusable neglect for both the failure to appear and the failure to timely notify the hearing officer. "Excusable neglect" has the meaning applied to "excusable neglect" as that term is used in Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 60(c).


Ariz. Admin. Code § R6-13-154
New Section made by final rulemaking at 18 A.A.R. 1175, effective June 30, 2012 (Supp. 12-2).

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