WAC 182-526-0280

Effective February 1, 2013

WAC 182-526-0280 Requesting a continuance.

  1. Any party may request a continuance either orally or in writing.

  2. Before contacting the administrative law judge (ALJ) to request a continuance, the party seeking continuance must contact the other parties, if possible, to find out if they will agree to a continuance.

  3. The party making the request for a continuance must let the ALJ know whether the other parties agreed to the continuance. If the parties agree to a continuance, the ALJ must grant it unless the ALJ holds a prehearing conference and find that good cause for a continuance does not exist.

  4. If the parties do not agree to a continuance, the ALJ must schedule a prehearing conference in accordance with the requirements of WAC 182-526-0250 to decide whether there is good cause to grant the continuance.

  5. If the ALJ grants a continuance, the OAH must serve a new hearing notice at least fourteen calendar days before the new hearing date unless the parties agree to a shorter time period.
  6. If the ALJ denies the continuance request after a prehearing conference is held pursuant to subsection (3) or (4) of this section, the ALJ may proceed with the hearing on the date the hearing is scheduled and must issue a written order setting forth the basis for denying the continuance request. 

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