(1) The purpose of a prehearing conference shall be:
(a) To determine the feasibility of a settlement of the appeal or, failing settlement;
(b) To prepare the case for hearing by scheduling prehearing deadlines and by identifying the issues, and if possible, witnesses, exhibits, stipulations, and admissions.
(2) Appearance by a party or by the party's representative at a 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 other appropriate action.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.58.175. 96-15-002, § 461-08-455, filed 7/3/96, effective 8/3/96.]