(1)When a child or young adult has the right to a hearing because the Department takes an action under OAR 413-010-0500 (Purpose, Right to Request Hearing, Applicable Rules, and Computation of Time)(2)(a), the foster parent or relative caregiver may:
(a)Request a hearing on behalf of the child or young adult; and
(b)Participate in the hearing as a representative on behalf of the child or young adult.
(2)When the Department takes an action to deny, reduce, or terminate a benefit or service that is provided under Title IV-E or Title XIX of the Social Security Act, a party that is not an entity may be represented by an attorney, a relative, a friend, or other spokesperson as authorized by federal law.
(3)In all other cases, a party may represent themselves or be represented by an attorney.
(4)The Department, with the consent of the Attorney General, has authorized its employees to represent the Department in cases involving the actions described in OAR 413-010-0500 (Purpose, Right to Request Hearing, Applicable Rules, and Computation of Time)(2)(a).
(5)A Department employee acting as the Department’s representative may not make legal argument on behalf of the Department.
(a)“Legal argument” includes argument on:
(A)The jurisdiction of the Department to hear the contested case;
(B)The constitutionality of a statute or administrative rule or the application of a constitutional requirement to the Department; and
(C)The application of court precedent to the facts of the particular contested case proceeding.
(b)“Legal argument” does not include presentation of a motion, evidence, examination and cross-examination of a witness, or presentation of a factual argument or arguments on:
(A)The application of a statute or administrative rule to the facts in the contested case;
(B)Comparison of a prior Department action when handling a similar situation;
(C)The literal meaning of a statute or administrative rule directly applicable to an issue in the contested case;
(D)The admissibility of evidence; and
(E)The correctness of a procedure being followed in the contested case hearing.
(6)The Department may be represented in any contested case proceeding by the Department of Justice.
(7)Contested cases under these rules are not open to the public and are closed to nonparticipants, except nonparticipants may attend subject to the consent of each party and the Department.
Rule 413-010-0502 — Representation,