(1) The board may, upon written request by a party or on its own, schedule a prehearing conference on not less than seven days notice mailed to each party to the appeal, at a time and place fixed by the board. At the prehearing conference, parties may engage in settlement negotiations. Where settlement proves unavailing, the presiding officer may schedule all deadlines for motions and discovery and memorialize those dates in a prehearing order. The prehearing order may also identify the issues to be tried, stipulations, admissions, witnesses and exhibits for the hearing.
(2) The issues which the prehearing order identifies for the hearing shall control the subsequent course of the appeal, and shall be the only issues to be tried at the hearing, unless modified for good cause by subsequent order of the board or the presiding officer.
(3) Appearance by a party or by the party's representative at the prehearing conference is mandatory. If a party fails to attend a prehearing conference, that is not justified by good cause, the presiding officer may issue an order of default against the absent party or take other appropriate action.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.21B.170. 96-15-003, § 371-08-435, filed 7/3/96, effective 8/3/96.]