Section 51.8 - Disclosure

51.8 Disclosure.

(a) Except as provided in subdivision (b) of this section or as otherwise agreed to by all parties, there shall be no disclosure, including but not limited to bills of particulars, exchanges of documents and witness lists, depositions, interrogatories, discovery and requests for documents. A hearing officer may not require disclosure. When the parties agree to any form of disclosure, the hearing officer shall ensure that all parties proceed in accordance with the agreement of the parties.

(b) (1) If the department in a notice of hearing states its intent to seek, or states the possibility of, the revocation of a license or permit, upon the service of such notice, any party to the proceeding may demand in writing from any other party disclosure of any of the following which such other party intends to introduce at the hearing:

(i) names of witnesses; however, a summary of the testimony to be given by the witnesses shall not be required to be disclosed;

(ii) a list of documentary evidence;

(iii) photocopies of documentary evidence listed in subparagraph (ii) of this paragraph in the possession of the party upon whom the demand has been made; and

(iv) a brief description of physical or other evidence which cannot be photocopied.

(2) The demand for disclosure shall be made at least 10 days prior to the first scheduled date of hearing. At least seven days prior to the first scheduled date of hearing, the party upon whom the demand has been made shall make the disclosure described in subparagraphs (1)(i) through (iv) of this subdivision or a statement that the party does not have anything to disclose. If, after such disclosure or statement, a party determines to present witnesses or evidence not previously disclosed, the party shall disclose as soon as practicable.

(3) Upon application of any party, the hearing officer:

(i) upon good cause shown, may allow demands and responses within time periods other than those described in paragraph (2) of this subdivision;

(ii) shall allow a party not to disclose information or material protected by statutory or case law from disclosure, including information and material protected because of privilege or confidentiality;

(iii) upon good cause shown, may limit, condition or regulate the use by the party to whom disclosure is made of information or material disclosed; and

(iv) may preclude a party that unreasonably fails to respond to a timely demand for disclosure or to supplement its disclosure from introducing evidence or witnesses not disclosed.
 

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