4906-7-08 Subpoenas.

(A) The board, any board member empowered to vote, or the administrative law judge assigned to a case may issue subpoenas, upon their own motion or upon motion of any party or the staff. A subpoena shall command the person to whom it is directed to attend and give testimony at the time and place specified therein. A subpoena may also command such a person to produce the books, papers, documents, or other tangible things described therein. A copy of the motion for a subpoena and the subpoena itself should be submitted to the board, any board member entitled to vote, or the administrative law judge assigned to the case for signature of the subpoena. A copy of the motion for a subpoena and a copy of the signed subpoena shall be docketed and served upon the parties of the case.

(B) Arranging for service of a signed subpoena is the responsibility of the requesting person. A subpoena may be served by a sheriff, deputy sheriff, or any other person who is not less than eighteen years of age. Service of a subpoena upon a person named therein shall be made by delivering a copy to such person, or by reading it to him or her in person, or by leaving a copy at his or her place of work or residence. A subpoena may be served at any place within this state. The person serving the subpoena shall file a return thereof with the docketing division.

(C) The board or the administrative law judge may, upon their own motion or upon motion of any party, quash a subpoena if it is unreasonable or oppressive, or condition the denial of such a motion upon the advancement by the party on whose behalf the subpoena was issued of the reasonable costs of producing the books, papers, documents, or other tangible things described therein.

(D) A subpoena may require a person, other than a member of the board staff, to attend and give testimony at a deposition, and to produce designated books, papers, documents, or other tangible things within the scope of discovery set forth in paragraph (A) of rule 4906-7-07 of the Administrative Code. Such a subpoena is subject to the provisions of paragraph (H) of rule 4906-7-07 of the Administrative Code as well as paragraph (C) of this rule.

(E) Unless otherwise ordered for good cause shown, all motions for subpoenas requiring the attendance of witnesses at a hearing must be filed with the board no later than five days prior to the commencement of the hearing.

(F) Any persons subpoenaed to appear at a board hearing, other than a party or an officer, agent, or employee of a party, shall receive the same witness fees and mileage expenses provided in civil actions in courts of record. For purposes of this paragraph, the term "employee" includes consultants and other persons retained or specially employed by a party for purposes of the proceeding. If the witness is subpoenaed at the request of one or more parties, the witness fees and mileage expenses shall be paid by such party or parties. If the witness is subpoenaed upon motion of the board, any board member entitled to vote, or the administrative law judge, the witness fees and mileage expenses shall be paid by the state, in accordance with section 4903.05 of the Revised Code. Unless otherwise ordered, an application for a subpoena requiring the attendance of a witness at a hearing shall be accompanied by a deposit sufficient to cover the required witness fees and mileage expenses for one day's attendance. The deposit shall be tendered to the fiscal officer of the board, who shall retain it until the hearing is completed, at which time the officer shall pay the witness the necessary fees and expenses, and shall either charge the party making the deposit for any deficiency or refund to such party any surplus remaining from the deposit.

(G) If any person fails to obey a subpoena issued by the board, any board member entitled to vote or an administrative law judge, the board may seek appropriate judicial relief against such person under section 4903.02 or 4903.04 of the Revised Code.

(H) A sample subpoena is provided in the appendix to this rule.

Appendix

Before the Ohio Power Siting Board

SUBPOENA

TO:

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Upon application of __________________________________________, you are hereby required to appear before the Ohio Power Siting Board as a witness for ___________________________________________________ in the following proceeding:

Case No. ____________________________

Case Title ___________________________________________________________

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You are to appear at the offices of the Board, 180 East Broad Street, ___ Floor, Columbus,Ohio, on the ___ day of ___________________, 20 ___, at ________ o'clock, ___.m. You shall bring with you the following:

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Dated at Columbus, Ohio, this _____ day of ___________________, 20___.

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Replaces rule 4906-7-08CaseNo.86-1440-GE-BRO; Eff 12-27-76; 6-10-89; 12-15-03
Rule promulgated under: RC 111.15
Rule authorized by: RC 4906.03
Rule amplifies: RC 4906.08 , 4906.12 , 4906.03 , 4903.04 , 4903.05 , 4903.06
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/10/2008 and 09/30/2013