What Does A Representative Do At A Hearing?

Prior to the taking of any testimony under oath, each party’s representative will be asked a few brief questions in the form of a position statement to help the administrative law judge determine the issues in dispute and the burden of proof.

The representative has the right to question any witnesses and has the right to object to items being received into evidence.

The representative would also be expected to know what that party’s witnesses would testify about.  In particular, the representative may be asked to provide an "offer of proof" about the witness.  This offer of proof will then be used by the administrative law judge in determining whether that witness’ testimony will be taken.

A representative may or may not be allowed to make a closing statement.

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