1. At any time subsequent to the filing of an
application, the Board, on its own motion or at the request of any party, may
hold a prehearing conference, for the purpose of determining a date for the
close of discovery, simplifying issues, considering admissions of fact and
documents, limiting the number of expert witnesses, scheduling the filing of
exhibits, testimony, and briefs, scheduling public hearings and such other
matters as the Board shall deem appropriate.
2. At or before a pre-hearing conference, the
Board may order a party to file copies of exhibits, names and addresses of all
witnesses it intends to call in its direct case, together with a short
statement of the purposes of each exhibit and of the testimony of each witness.
After the entry of such an order, a party shall not be permitted, except in the
discretion of the Board, to introduce into evidence in its direct case exhibits
which are not filed in accordance with the order.
3. At the conference the Board may also
designate a date before which it requires any party in interest to specify what
items shown by filed exhibits are conceded. Further proof of such conceded
items will not be required.