The following definitions shall apply to this Chapter:
(a) "Adjudicative agency" means an agency
authorized to conduct and preside over its own contested cases.
(b) "Agency" means any authority, bureau,
board, commission, department, division of the state, or other entities that
are statutorily authorized to refer cases to the Office.
(c) "Attorney" means an attorney licensed to
practice law in the State of Wyoming or, an attorney who is licensed to
practice law in another state and who is associated with an attorney licensed
to practice law in the State of Wyoming.
(d) "Contested case" means a proceeding in
which legal rights, duties, or privileges of a party are required by law to be
determined by an agency after an opportunity for hearing.
(e) "Hearing officer" means a hearing
examiner from the Office, a presiding officer of any agency, an attorney who
has been retained by an agency to preside over a contested case, an officer of
any agency who has been designated to preside over a contested case, or any
other person who is statutorily authorized to preside over a contested
(f) "Hearing panel" means
those members of an agency or adjudicative agency who are designated and
authorized to make a final decision in a contested case.
(g) "Office" means the Office of
"Referring agency" means any agency which has referred a contested case for
hearing before the Office or before another hearing officer.
(i) "Representative" means an individual
other than an attorney who is authorized to function in a representative
capacity on behalf of a party to a contested case.
(j) "Wyoming Administrative Procedure Act"
means Wyoming Statute §§
16-3-101 through -115.