What Can I Do To Prepare For My Hearing?

You have the right to review your case file before the hearing, at the hearing office indicated on the hearing notice, and to request a copy of the material in the file.  It is helpful if you call the office in advance to arrange for this review.

Since unemployment insurance hearings are public hearings, you may also request that hearing office personnel let you know when a similar case is being heard prior to your own hearing and may make arrangements to observe and attend that earlier hearing.

Hearing office personnel cannot give you legal advice.  Personnel can explain hearing procedures and the applicable law that will be used by the administrative law judge in arriving at the appeal tribunal decision, but personnel cannot advise you with respect to strategy and tactics.

You may want to write down questions you wish to ask the other party, and important points you wish to make on your own behalf (such as dates relevant events took place, or a checklist of documents you wish to present).

Remember, though, that you are making notes only to refresh your memory, and you may not be permitted to read them aloud as testimony.

Special Note for Tax Appeals:   In an unemployment tax appeal case, you may contact the attorney representing the department and discuss the case.

Often, this attorney will have a good idea of what the issues are likely to be at the hearing and can give you information on what part of the unemployment law may be relevant to the case and what court decisions have construed that part of the law.

The department attorney also has the authority to settle cases and to limit issues, so discussion with that attorney may be advisable.  You should keep in mind that the attorney is charged with representing the department.

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