Last Update: 9/28/05 (Transmittal I-2-67)
The ALJ may decide on his or her own initiative, or on a claimant's request, to hold a prehearing conference to facilitate the hearing. Depending upon the issues to be discussed, the ALJ or designee may conduct the conference by telephone, by videoconference or in a face-to-face meeting. The ALJ or his or her designee shall:
notify the claimant of the time, place and purpose of the conference at least 7 days before the conference date, unless all parties have indicated in writing that they waive the right to written notice of the conference (See I-2-1-91, Sample - Letter to Unrepresented Claimant Confirming Prehearing Conference, and I-2-1-92 Sample - Letter to Representative Confirming Prehearing Conference.);
make a recording of the conference; and
as appropriate, issue orders or prepare stipulations setting forth all agreements and actions resulting from the conference.
The recording of the conference and all orders, stipulations or agreements shall become a part of the record and shall be binding on all parties.