WAC 182-526-0240

Effective February 1, 2013

WAC 182-526-0240 Filing a motion of prejudice.

  1. A party requesting a different administrative law judge (ALJ) may do so by filing a written motion of prejudice with the office of administrative hearings (OAH) before the ALJ rules on a discretionary issue in the case, admits evidence, or takes testimony. A motion of prejudice must include an affidavit or statement that a party does not believe that the ALJ can hear the case fairly.
  2. Rulings that are not considered discretionary rulings for purposes of this section include, but are not limited to those:
    1. Granting or denying a request for a continuance; and
    2. Granting or denying a request for a prehearing conference.
  3. A party must send the written motion of prejudice to the chief ALJ at the OAH headquarters identified in WAC 182-526-0025(1) and must send a copy to the OAH field office where the ALJ is assigned.
  4. A party may make an oral motion of prejudice at the beginning of the hearing before the ALJ rules on a discretionary issue in the case, admits evidence, or takes testimony if:
    1. The OAH did not assign an ALJ at least five business days before the date of the hearing; or
    2. The OAH changed the assigned ALJ within five business days of the date of the hearing.
  5. The first request by each party for a different ALJ is automatically granted. The chief ALJ or a designee grants or denies any later requests.

 

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