(A) The board may continue a hearing upon its own motion in order to more efficiently and effectively conduct its business, unless the circumstances establish that a continuance would not be in the interest of public safety.
(B) Upon written or oral motion of a representative of record, the board, board committee or hearing examiner may continue the hearing. If a continuance is granted, the board, board committee or the hearing examiner shall immediately establish a new hearing date unless otherwise agreed by the representatives of record.
(C) A hearing shall not be continued upon motion by a representative of record unless a showing of reasonable cause and due diligence is shown. Before granting a continuance, consideration shall be given to the harm to the public that may result from a delay in the proceedings.
(D) A motion for continuance filed by a representative of record fewer than five calendar days prior to the scheduled date of the hearing shall not be granted unless it is demonstrated that an extraordinary situation exists that could not have been anticipated and that would justify the granting of a continuance.
(E) Except as otherwise provided in Chapter 119. of the Revised Code or rules of the board, any motion or request for an extension of time in which to file a motion, brief, or objection, unless made upon the record at the hearing, shall be made in writing and filed with the board.
(F) No motion for an extension of time shall be granted by the board, board committee or the hearing examiner unless:
(1) The representative of record filing the motion makes a showing of reasonable cause and due diligence; and
(2) If the extension of time will result in a delay in the proceedings, the
representative of record can show that no harm to the public will result from the delay in the proceedings.
(G) In making a determination about harm to the public, the board, board committee or the hearing examiner may consider whether the respondent holds an active license or certificate to practice in Ohio.
(H) If notice of opportunity for hearing has been given to respondent according to section 119.07 of the Revised Code, and respondent has timely requested a hearing, if respondent has failed to participate in prehearing conferences, or otherwise has failed to respond to the board committee or hearing examiner, the hearing date shall not be continued based solely on the respondent's lack of participation or response.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/13/2009 and 10/01/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.07
Rule Amplifies: 4723.28
Prior Effective Dates: 02/01/2000, 02/01/2003, 02/09/2005