Filing and Providing Copies of Documents in Contested Case
(1)Notwithstanding any other provision of these rules, a hearing request is considered filed when actually received by the agency.
(2)Unless otherwise provided by these rules, any documents filed for the record in the contested case shall be filed as follows:
(a)Before the case is referred by the agency to the Office of Administrative Hearings, with the agency;
(b)After the case is referred to the Office of Administrative Hearings and before the assigned administrative law judge issues a proposed order, with the administrative law judge;
(c)After the assigned administrative law judge issues a proposed order, with the agency, or with the administrative law judge if the administrative law judge will issue the final order or if the document is required to be filed with the administrative law judge pursuant to OAR 137-003-0650 (Exceptions to Proposed Order).
(3)The agency and the Office of Administrative Hearings shall refer any document to the correct entity.
(4)Filing may be accomplished by hand delivery, facsimile or mail or by any other method permitted by the agency or administrative law judge.
(5)A party or agency filing any document for the record shall at the same time provide copies of the documents to the agency and the parties, or their counsel if the agency or party is represented.
(6)The agency may by rule or in writing waive the right to receive copies of documents filed under this rule if the administrative law judge is authorized to issue the final order or if the agency is not a participant in the contested case hearing.
(7)Each party shall notify all other parties, the agency and the administrative law judge of any change in the party’s address or withdrawal or change of the party’s representatives, including legal counsel. If an attorney withdraws from representing a party, the attorney shall provide written notice of the withdrawal to the administrative law judge, all other parties and the agency, unless the agency has waived the right to receive notice.
(8)The agency shall notify all parties and the administrative law judge of any change in the agency’s address or withdrawal or change of the agency’s representatives, including legal counsel.
(9)Documents sent through the U.S. Postal Service to the agency, Office of Administrative Hearings or assigned administrative law judge shall be considered filed on the date postmarked. Documents sent by facsimile or hand-delivered are considered filed when received by the agency, Office of Administrative Hearings or assigned administrative law judge. If the agency permits or the administrative law judge directs alternative means of filing, the agency or the administrative law judge should determine when filing is effective for each alternative method permitted or directed.
(10)Documents sent through the U.S. Postal Service by regular mail are presumed to have been received by the addressee, subject to evidence to the contrary.
(11)In computing any period of time prescribed or allowed by OAR 137-003-0501 (Rules for Office of Administrative Hearings) through 137-003-0700 (Stay Proceeding and Order), the day of the act or event from which the designated period of time begins to run shall not be included. The last day of the time period shall be included, unless it is a scheduled day of office closure, in which event the time period runs until the end of the next day that the office is open. Scheduled days of office closure include, but are not limited to, Saturdays and the legal holidays identified in ORS 187.010 (Legal holidays) and 187.020 (Additional legal holidays), including Sundays.
Rule 137-003-0520 — Filing and Providing Copies of Documents in Contested Case,