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TITLE 22EXAMINING BOARDS
PART 18TEXAS STATE BOARD OF PODIATRIC MEDICAL EXAMINERS
CHAPTER 377PROCEDURES GOVERNING GRIEVANCES, HEARINGS, AND APPEALS
RULE §377.31Prehearing Conference

(a) In any proceeding, the Board or the ALJ, as applicable, on its own motion or the motion of a party, may direct the parties, their attorneys, or representatives to appear before the Board or the ALJ at a specified time and place for a conference prior to the hearing for the purpose of formulating issues and considering:

  (1) the simplification of issues;

  (2) the possibility of making admissions of certain averments of fact or stipulations concerning the use by either or both parties of matters of public record, such as annual reports, to the end of avoiding the unnecessary introduction of proof;

  (3) the procedure at a hearing;

  (4) the limitation, where possible, of the number of witnesses; and

  (5) such other matters as may aid in the simplification of the proceedings, and the disposition of the matters in controversy, including settlements of such issues as in dispute.

(b) Unless precluded by law, informal dispositions may be made of any contested case by stipulation, agreed settlement, or consent order of default.

(c) Action taken at the conference shall be recorded in an appropriate order by the Board or the ALJ, unless the parties enter into a written agreement approved by the Board or the ALJ.


Source Note: The provisions of this §377.31 adopted to be effective July 5, 2006, 31 TexReg 5294

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