Rule 12-26 Public Access to Proceedings.

(a) Other than conferences, all proceedings shall be open to the public, unless the hearing officer finds that a legally recognized ground exists for closure of all or a portion of the proceeding, or unless closure is required by law. Witnesses may be excluded from proceedings other than their own testimony in the discretion of the hearing officer.

(b) No person shall make or cause to be made a stenographic, electronic, audio, audio-visual or other verbatim or photographic reproduction of any hearing or other proceeding, whether such hearing or other proceeding is conducted in person, by telephone, or otherwise, except upon application to the hearing officer. Except as otherwise provided by law (e.g., N.Y. Civil Rights Law, § 52), such application shall be addressed to the discretion of the hearing officer, who may deny the application or grant it in full, in part, or upon such conditions as the hearing officer deems necessary to preserve the decorum of the proceedings and to protect the interests of the parties, witnesses and any other concerned persons.

(c) Transcripts of proceedings made a part of the record by the administrative law judge shall be the official record of proceedings at OATH, notwithstanding the existence of any other transcript or recording, whether or not authorized under the previous subdivision of this section.