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Hearsay - Oral or written evidence that is secondhand information where the witness does not have personal knowledge, but is repeating what other individuals had reportedly told them.
Evidence - Documents, material objects and testimony that are submitted to support a position or fact as well as to disprove a position or fact.
Ex-parte Communication - Communication with the hearing officer or administrative law judge either by or for one side only, without notice to or participation by the other side (Note: Hearing officers or administrative law judges typically do not allow this to occur).
Motion - A request to the hearing officer to issue an order directing a course of action.
Petitioner (Appellant) - The individual or agency requesting the hearing.
Respondent (Appellee) - The individual or agency answering the request for a hearing.
Pre-hearing Conference - A meeting held, either in person or by telephone, including the hearing officer and representatives of both the petitioner and the respondent used to clarify issues of the hearing and to handle any pre-hearing requests.
Sequester or Separation of Witnesses - An order forbidding witnesses from discussing the issues of the hearing with other witnesses usually requires witnesses not testifying to be removed from the hearing room.
Stipulation - An agreement by the parties to a fact, evidence, relevant issue, etc.
Denials and Appeals