Maine Revised Statutes

§9062. Presiding officers

1. Presiding officer.  An agency may authorize any agency member, employee or agent to act as presiding officer in any hearing.
[ 1977, c. 551, §3 (NEW) .]
2. Substitute officer.  Whenever a presiding officer is disqualified or it becomes impracticable for him to continue the hearing, another presiding officer may be assigned to continue with the hearing; provided that, if it is shown substantial prejudice to any party will thereby result, the substitute officer shall commence the hearing anew.
[ 1977, c. 551, §3 (NEW) .]
3. Presiding officer; duties.  Subject to rules or limitations imposed by the agency, presiding officers may:
A. Administer oaths and affirmations; [1977, c. 551, §3 (NEW).]
B. Rule on the admissibility of evidence; [1977, c. 551, §3 (NEW).]
C. Regulate the course of the hearing, set the time and place for continued hearings, and fix the time for filing of evidence, briefs and other written submissions; and [1977, c. 551, §3 (NEW).]
D. Take other action authorized by statute or agency rule consistent with this subchapter. [1977, c. 551, §3 (NEW).]
[ 1977, c. 551, §3 (NEW) .]
4. Report.  In the event that the presiding officer prepares any report or proposed findings for the agency, the report or findings shall be in writing. A copy of the report or findings shall be provided to each party and an opportunity shall be provided for response or exceptions to be filed by each party.
[ 1977, c. 551, §3 (NEW) .]
1977, c. 551, §3 (NEW).