Will I Be Able To Participate By Phone?

Both the respondent and appellant may request to participate by telephone.

The request should be made at the time of the appeal, if you are the appellant.  If you are the respondent, the request should be made in writing and should be received or postmarked within five business days of the date on which the Confirmation of Appeal was mailed.

In general, if a party is located more than 40 miles from a hearing site location, the hearing will be scheduled by telephone.  However, depending upon certain case complexities a telephone request may not be granted.

If your circumstances change and you need to participate by telephone, but you had not requested a telephone hearing prior to receiving a hearing notice directing you to appear in person, you must contact the hearing office to determine whether your appearance can be changed to a telephone appearance.

Depending upon the type of case, the hearing location, the timing of the request, and your reason, your request may be denied.

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