4731-13-01 Representatives; appearances.

(A) As used in this chapter of the Administrative Code:

(1) "Respondent" means a person who is requesting or has requested a hearing as provided in Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(2) "Representative of record" means one person designated by each party to be the party's agent for purposes of receipt of service pursuant to this chapter of the Administrative Code.

(B) The respondent may represent himself or herself or may be represented by an attorney or attorneys who shall be admitted to the practice of law in Ohio. Each attorney representing the respondent shall enter his or her appearance in writing. The respondent may authorize his or her attorney or attorneys to represent the respondent in all facets of a hearing before the board.

(C) If the respondent is self represented, he or she shall be deemed the representative of record for purposes of service pursuant to this chapter of the Administrative Code. If the respondent is represented by one attorney, that attorney shall be deemed the representative of record for purposes of service pursuant to this chapter of the Administrative Code. If the respondent is represented by more than one attorney, the respondent shall designate one of those attorneys as the representative of record for purposes of service pursuant to this chapter of the Administrative Code.

(D) Each representative from the office of the attorney general shall enter his or her appearance in writing. The office of the attorney general shall identify one attorney from that office as the representative of record for purposes of service pursuant to this chapter of the Administrative Code.

(E) The respondent shall not be required to appear personally at any hearing provided he or she has not been subpoenaed. If a respondent has not been subpoenaed to appear at hearing, a respondent may present his or her position, arguments or contentions in writing.

(F) An attorney who has filed notice of appearance with the board shall withdraw his or her representation of a respondent by filing a written notice of withdrawal with the board.

(G) An attorney who has been designated as a respondent's representative of record for purposes of service pursuant to this chapter of the Administrative Code shall remain the representative of record for that party until a representative of that party files a written notice designating another attorney or the respondent as the representative of record.

(H) Except as otherwise provided under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code, communications from the board or its hearing examiner shall be sent to the representative of record for each party.

Eff 6-30-89; 3-27-97; 2-28-04
Rule promulgated under: RC 119.03
Rule authorized by: RC 4731.05
Rule amplifies: RC 119.07 , 119.09 , 4731.23
RC 119.032 review dates: 11/17/03, 03/25/07