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THE HEARING EXAMINER OF THE CITY OF BELLINGHAM
WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON

Rules of Practice and Procedure


Section 2: Rules of General Application
Chapter 16: Expected Conduct

(a) All persons appearing before the Hearing Examiner shall conduct themselves with civility and courtesy to all persons involved in the hearing.
(b) No party or other person shall communicate with an Examiner presiding over a matter or with any employee of the Hearing Examiner's Office in an attempt to influence the outcome or to discuss the merits of that matter, except on the record.
(c) Except for communications regarding procedural matters (which are permitted), no party or other person shall make or attempt ex parte communication with the Examiner regarding a pending appeal, application or other contested case.
(d) If a substantial, prohibited ex parte communication is made, such communication, including a summary of the substance and participants, shall be publicly disclosed by the Examiner. Any written communications shall be made available to the parties for review. Parties shall have an opportunity to rebut those communications. Ex parte communications that are disclosed in this manner shall not be grounds for disqualification of the Examiner.

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