Some appeals hearings are scheduled by telephone for your convenience. All parties participate at the same time by conference call. As with in-person hearings, the proceedings are recorded and testimony is taken under oath or affirmation. If you do not agree to a telephone hearing, contact the Appeals Tribunal immediately and be prepared to appear in person at a location convenient to the other party.
Please note whether your hearing is scheduled for central or eastern time. With a telephone hearing, your hearing officer may be located in another part of the state.
If the telephone number listed for you on the hearing notice is incorrect, contact the Appeals Tribunal immediately. No other telephone number will be called unless arrangements have been made in advance.
If you wish to be contacted for the hearing at a phone number other than the one listed on the Notice of Hearing, or if another party should be contacted on your behalf, you must notify the Appeals Tribunal prior to the scheduled time, preferably no later than the day before the hearing. In an emergency situation, a change of telephone number may be received up to one (1) hour before the time shown on the hearing notice. Telephone numbers can be changed by letter, by fax, or by calling the Appeals Tribunal.
If you have documents to offer as evidence for the hearing that have not been submitted, mail a copy to the Appeals Tribunal immediately. Copies will be sent to the other party if time allows.
On the day of the hearing, the Appeals hearing officer will call the telephone number listed under your name at the scheduled time and will expect you to be ready to participate. Have your telephone line free at the time. Have any witnesses or documents you need for the hearing with you at the telephone.
The hearing officer can only call one number per party. Witnesses must be at one of the two numbers listed on the hearing notice. Please keep the background as free from noise and distractions as possible. If you do not receive your expected call within ten (10) minutes after the time scheduled for the hearing, call the Appeals Tribunal at once. Failure to respond to the hearing officer’s call could result in a decision against you.