(1) Informal proceedings may be conducted where the parties to a contested case jointly waive a formal proceeding, where the default of a party is entered, or where informal proceedings are appropriate following the imposition of sanctions upon a party.

(2) When informal proceedings are used, the hearing officer shall give parties an opportunity to present evidence at a convenient time and place, using fair procedures.

(3) During informal proceedings, the hearing officer may receive and consider evidence of a type commonly relied upon by reasonably prudent persons in the conduct of their affairs, but may not receive or consider evidence which is irrelevant, immaterial, or unduly repetitious. Hearsay evidence may be received and considered to supplement or explain other evidence, but such hearsay evidence may not be considered to support a finding unless it would otherwise be admissible under the Montana Rules of Evidence.

History: 49-2-204, 49-3-106, MCA; IMP, 2-4-604, 49-2-505, 49-3-315, MCA; NEW, 2008 MAR p. 2636, Eff. 12/25/08.