Current through December 26, 2021

It shall be the duty of the Commission or its Administrative Judge to conduct a fair and impartial hearing, to assure that the facts are fully elicited, to adjudicate all issues and avoid delay. The Commission or Hearing Examiner shall have authority to:

(1) Administer oaths and affirmations;
(2) Issue authorized subpoenas;
(3) Rule upon petitions to revoke subpoenas;
(4) Rule upon offers of proof and receive relevant evidence;
(5) Make or cause depositions to be taken whenever the needs of justice would be served;
(6) Regulate the course of the hearing and, if appropriate or necessary, exclude persons or counsel from the hearing for contemptuous conduct and strike all related testimony of witnesses refusing to answer any proper questions;
(7) Hold conferences for the settlement of simplification of the issues;
(8) Dispose of procedural requests or similar matters, including motions to amend pleadings, to dismiss complaints or portions thereof, and to order hearings reopened or, upon motion, consolidated prior to issuance of the decision;
(9) Call and examine witnesses and to introduce into the record documentary or other evidence;
(10) Request the parties at any time during the hearing to state their respective positions concerning any issue in the case or theory in support thereof;
(11) Adjourn the hearing as the needs of justice and good administration require;
(12) Take any other action necessary under the foregoing and authorized by the published rules and regulations of the Commission.


Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 1030-05-07
Original rule filed April 5, 1974; effective May 5, 1974. Amendment filed January 14, 1978; effective February 13, 1978.

Authority: T.C.A. ยง50-554.

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