Or. Admin. R. 350-016-0014 - Evidence in Contested Cases

(1) Irrelevant, immaterial or unduly repetitious evidence shall be excluded but erroneous rulings on evidence shall not preclude commission action on the record unless shown to have substantially prejudiced the rights of a party. All other evidence of a type commonly relied upon by reasonably prudent persons in conduct of their serious affairs shall be admissible. The commission shall give effect to the rules of privilege recognized by law. Objections to evidentiary offers may be made and shall be noted in the record. Any part of the evidence may be received in written form.
(2) All evidence shall be offered and made a part of the record in the case, and except for matters stipulated to an except as provided in subsection (4) of this section no other factual information or evidence shall be considered in the determination of the case. Documentary evidence may be received in the form of copies or excerpts, or by incorporation by reference. The burden of presenting evidence to support a fact or position in a contested case rests on the proponent of the fact or position.
(3) Every party shall have the right of cross examination of witnesses who testify and shall have the right to submit rebuttal evidence. Persons appearing in a limited party status shall participate in the manner and to the extent prescribed by rule of the commission.
(4) The commission may take notice of judicially cognizable facts, and may take official notice of general, technical or scientific facts within its specialized knowledge. Parties shall be notified at any time during the proceeding but in any event prior to the final decision of material officially noticed and the sources of the materials and they shall be afforded an opportunity to contest the facts so noticed. The commission may utilize its experience, technical competence and specialized knowledge in the evaluation of the evidence presented to it.
(5) No sanction shall be imposed or order be issued except upon consideration of the whole record or such portions thereof as may be cited by any party, and as supported by, and in accordance with, reliable, probative and substantial evidence.
(6) The commission may, at is discretion, be represented at the hearings by the Attorney General of Washington or Oregon.

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Or. Admin. R. 350-016-0014
CRGC 1-1987 (Temp), f. & ef. 9-10-87; CRGC 2-1987, f. 12-7-87, ef. 12-8-87; CRGC 3-1988(Temp), f. 11-17-88, cert. ef. 11-17-88 thru 2-13-89; CRGC 1-1989, f. 3-2-89, cert. ef. 3-7-89; CRGC 3-1989(Temp), f. 10-4-89, cert. ef. 10-4-89; CRGC 1-1990, f. & cert. ef. 1-16-90; CRGC 2-1990, f. & cert. ef. 5-21-90; CRGC 1-2002, f. 10-16-02 cert. ef. 12-2-02

Stat. Auth.: ORS 197.150 & RCW 43.97

Stats. Implemented: ORS 197.150, RCW 43.97 & 16 U.S.C. 544 et seq.

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