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RULE §155.53Request to Docket Case

(a) Request to Docket Case form. A referring agency shall file with SOAH a completed Request to Docket Case form for each matter referred to SOAH.

  (1) For contested cases, the Request to Docket Case form shall be submitted together with the complaint, petition, application, or other pertinent documents describing the agency action giving rise to the case.

  (2) For matters referred for alternative dispute resolution or mediation evaluation, the Request for ADR form may be filed without accompanying documentation.

(b) Actions to be requested. A referring agency shall request one of the following actions on the Request to Docket Case form:

  (1) setting of a hearing;

  (2) assignment of a judge; or

  (3) an ADR process.

(c) Request for setting of hearing. If a referring agency requests a setting of hearing, SOAH will attempt to set the hearing on the date and time requested, but the setting will be based on the availability of hearing rooms and judges. SOAH will provide the agency with the date, time, and place of the setting.

(d) Request for assignment of judge. If a referring agency requests assignment of a judge, SOAH will assign a judge to handle the case.

(e) Request for ADR. If a referring agency requests ADR, SOAH will assign a judge, mediator, or arbitrator to handle the proceeding.

(f) Refusal of Request to Docket Case form. SOAH may refuse to accept for filing a Request to Docket Case form that has not been properly referred to SOAH or that does not substantially conform to the filing procedures of this chapter.

Source Note: The provisions of this §155.53 adopted to be effective November 26, 2008, 33 TexReg 9451; amended to be effective January 1, 2017, 41 TexReg 8593; amended to be effective November 29, 2020, 45 TexReg 8295

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