As defined in RCW 34.05.010
(14), a "person" is any individual, partnership, corporation, association, governmental subdivision or unit thereof, or public or private organization or entity of any character.
As defined in RCW 34.05.010
(12), a "party" is a person to whom the agency action is specifically directed; or a person named as a party to the agency proceeding or allowed to intervene or participate as a party in the agency proceeding.
(c) Interested person. An "interested person" is a person who does not want to participate in a pending docket as a party or is not permitted to do so, but who wants to receive copies of all documents that the commission serves on parties, simultaneous with service, as well as documents served on the commission and other parties. The commission may charge for this service.
(d) Docket monitor. A "docket monitor" is a person who would like to receive orders entered by the commission in a docket.
(2) Appearance requirement. The commission will not grant party status to a person who fails to appear at the earliest prehearing conference, if one is held, or hearing session, if there is no prehearing conference, unless the party is excused from appearing by the presiding officer or shows good cause for failing to timely appear. The commission staff and the public counsel section of the attorney general's office become parties to an adjudicative proceeding for all purposes upon entering an appearance. When the commission's regulatory staff appears as a party it will be called "commission staff" or "staff." When the public counsel section of the office of the Washington attorney general appears as a party, it will be called "public counsel."
(3) Classification of parties. Parties to proceedings before the commission will be called applicants, complainants, petitioners, respondents, intervenors, or protestants, according to the nature of the proceeding and the relationship of the parties, as follows:
(a) Applicants. Persons applying for any right or authority that the commission has jurisdiction to grant are "applicants."
(b) Complainants. Persons who file a formal complaint with the commission are "complainants." When the commission commences an adjudicative proceeding on its own complaint seeking to impose a penalty or other sanction based upon alleged acts or omissions of the respondent, the commission is the "complainant."
(c) Petitioners. Persons petitioning for relief other than by complaint are "petitioners."
(d) Movants. Persons filing a motion for relief are "movants" or "moving parties."
Persons against whom any formal complaint, petition, or motion is filed are "respondents." In general rate proceedings that are set for hearing on the commission's motion or complaint, the party seeking to increase rates is a "respondent," but bears the burden of proof in the proceeding pursuant to RCW 80.04.130
(f) Intervenors. Persons, other than the original parties, that are permitted to appear and participate as parties are "intervenors."
(g) Protestants. Persons that file a protest to oppose an application are "protestants."
[Statutory Authority: RCW 80.01.040
and 80.04.160. WSR 06-16-053 (Docket A-050802, General Order R-536), § 480-07-340, filed 7/27/06, effective 8/27/06; WSR 03-24-028 (General Order R-510, Docket No. A-010648), § 480-07-340, filed 11/24/03, effective 1/1/04.]