|(a) Opening statements. The arbitrator may ask each
party to make an opening statement to clarify the issues involved.
(b) The complaining party shall then present evidence
to support its claim. The defending party shall then present evidence
to support its claim. Witnesses for each party shall answer questions
propounded by the other party and the arbitrator.
(c) The arbitrator has the discretion to vary this
procedure but shall afford a full and equal opportunity to all parties
for the presentation of any material and relevant evidence within
the time frames set by the arbitrator.
(d) Exhibits offered by either party may be received
in evidence by the arbitrator.
(e) The parties may make closing statements as they
desire, but the record may not remain open for written briefs unless
ordered by the arbitrator. If the arbitrator requests briefs the arbitration
hearing shall be deemed "closed" on the date that the last requested
brief is filed.