officer or adjudicative agency, as applicable, shall assign a docket number to
each contested case. All papers, pleadings, motions, and orders filed
thereafter shall contain:
(i) a conspicuous
reference to the assigned docket number;
(ii) a caption setting forth the title of the
contested case and a brief designation describing the document filed;
(iii) the name, address,
telephone number, and signature of the person who prepared the
hearing officer shall set the course of proceedings, which may include, but is
not limited to, scheduling informal conferences, confidentiality issues,
summary disposition deadlines, motion practice, settlement conferences, and the
conferences may be held at the discretion of the hearing officer. Any party may
request a prehearing conference to address issues such as discovery, motion
deadlines, scheduling orders, or status conferences.
(d) At the hearing officer's discretion, and
unless otherwise provided by the referring agency, telephone or videoconference
calls may be used to conduct any proceeding. At the discretion of the hearing
officer, parties or their witnesses may be allowed to participate in any
hearing by telephone or videoconference.
(e) The hearing officer shall determine the
location for proceedings.