(1) The hearing officer may hear contested cases based upon a prehearing order which contains the full contentions of the parties as to fact and law, along with their claims for relief. A prehearing order supersedes all prior pleadings in the contested case.

(2) The hearing officer may order preliminary prehearing conferences, prehearing conferences, or other procedures as necessary to appropriately regulate the conduct of the contested case proceeding.

(3) If a party fails to comply with an order to prepare a prehearing memorandum or portions of one, or fails to participate in any prehearing conference or proceeding, a hearing officer may impose sanctions upon that party by way of dismissal of the complaint, default, limitation of evidence in support of or in defense to a complaint, or otherwise.

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