Upon the request of any party or upon his own motion the Hearing Officer may direct the parties to participate in an informal prehearing/settlement conference.  The Hearing Officer shall give the parties not less than ten days notice before the scheduled date of a conference.  The purposes of the conference shall be to simplify issues, resolve disputes and expedite disposition of the case.  If the parties reach a settlement during the conference, such shall be set forth in a settlement agreement or consent order and made a part of the record.  Prehearing/settlement conferences may be conducted by conference telephone call.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 143B‑10; 143B‑138; 143B‑181.1; 42 U.S.C., Sec. 3027(a)(5);

45 C.F.R., Part 1321; 45 C.F.R., Part 74, Appendix G;

Eff. October 1, 1988;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. May 23, 2015.