Rule 12-24 Evidence at the Hearing.

(a) Compliance with technical rules of evidence, including hearsay rules, shall not necessarily be required. Principles of civil practice and rules of evidence may be applied to ensure an orderly proceeding and a clear record, and to assist the hearing officer in the role as trier of fact. The order of proceedings may be altered by the hearing officer for convenience of the parties, attorneys, witnesses, or OATH, where substantial prejudice will not result.

(b) The hearing officer may limit examination, the presentation of testimonial, documentary or other evidence, and the submission of rebuttal evidence. Objections to evidence offered, or to other matters, will be noted in the transcript, and exceptions need not be taken to rulings made over objections. The hearing officer may call witnesses, may require any party to clarify confusion, fill gaps in the record, or produce witnesses, and may question witnesses directly.

(c) In the discretion of the hearing officer, closing statements may be made orally or in writing. On motion of the parties, or sua sponte, the hearing officer may direct written post-hearing submissions, including legal briefing, proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law, or any other pertinent matter.

(d) Evidence pertaining to penalty or relief. A separate hearing shall not be held as to the penalty to be imposed or the relief to be granted in the event that the petition is sustained in whole or in part.