WAC 182-526-0390

Effective February 1, 2013

WAC 182-526-0390 Evidence.

(1) Evidence includes documents, objects, and testimony of witnesses that parties give during the hearing to help prove their positions.

(2) Evidence may be all or parts of original documents or copies of the originals.

(3) Parties may offer statements signed by a witness under oath or affirmation as evidence, if the witness cannot appear.

(4) Testimony subject to cross examination by the other parties may be given more importance by the administrative law judge (ALJ).

(5) The parties may bring evidence to any prehearing meeting, prehearing conference, or hearing, or may file evidence before these events with OAH.

(6) The ALJ may set a deadline before the hearing for the parties to file proposed exhibits and the names of witnesses. If the parties miss the deadline, the ALJ may refuse to admit the evidence unless the parties show:

(a) They have good cause for missing the deadline; or

(b) That the other parties agree.

(7) If the ALJ gives the parties more time to submit evidence, the parties may file it after the hearing. The ALJ may allow more time for the other parties to respond and object to the evidence.

(8) Parties may bring any documents and witnesses to the hearing to support their position. However, the following provisions apply:

(a) The other parties may object to the evidence and question the witnesses;

(b) The ALJ determines whether the evidence is admitted and what importance to give it;

(c) If the ALJ does not admit the evidence, the parties may make an offer of proof to show why the ALJ should admit it;

(d) To make an offer of proof, a party presents evidence and argument on the record to show why the ALJ should consider the evidence; and

(e) The offer of proof preserves the argument for appeal.

(9) The ALJ may only consider admitted evidence and matters officially noticed in the proceeding (judicial notice) to decide the case.

(10) Admission of evidence is based upon the reasonable person standard. This standard means evidence that a reasonable person would rely on in making a decision.

(11) The ALJ may admit and consider hearsay evidence in accordance with RCW 34.05.452.

(12) The ALJ may reject evidence if it:

(a) Is not relevant; or

(b) Repeats evidence already admitted.

(13) The ALJ must reject evidence if required by law.

(14) The ALJ decides:

(a) What evidence is more credible if evidence conflicts; and

(b) The importance given to the evidence.

(15) The ALJ uses the Washington rules of evidence as guidelines when those rules do not conflict with the rules of this chapter or the Washington Administrative Procedure Act, chapter 34.05 RCW.

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