That the hearing examiner or other appropriate officer, in all classes of cases in which it is practicable and permissible, require, and when not so permissible, make every effort to bring about by voluntary submission, that all direct opinion or expert testimony and all direct testimony be reduced to written sworn statements, and, together with the exhibits upon which based, be submitted to him and to the other parties to the proceeding by a date determined by the hearing officer and fixed a reasonable time in advance of the hearing, which shall be no less than sixty days prior to the hearing; and that such sworn statements be acceptable as evidence upon formal offer at the hearing, subject to objection on any ground except that such sworn statements shall not be subject to challenge because the testimony is not presented orally, and provided that witnesses making such statements shall not be subject to cross-examination unless a request is made sufficiently in advance of the hearing to insure the presence of the witnesses. If cross examination is requested, the sworn written statement may be supplemented with live direct testimony consistent with the sworn written statement.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 88.16 RCW. 12-12-041, § 363-11-480, filed 5/30/12, effective 6/30/12. 97-08-042, recodified as § 363-11-480, filed 3/28/97, effective 3/28/97; Rule .08.480, effective 3/1/60, filed 3/23/60.]