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(1) It is the desire and intent of the board that any lessee or prospective lessee be given full and adequate opportunity to be heard with respect to any matter affecting his interests in any particular lease. Any hearing will be conducted informally, without adherence to the strict rules of evidence of a court of law.

(2) A verbatim written record of any hearing or rehearing will be made if any party in interest so requires not less than 5 days prior to the day set for hearing and if the requesting party agrees to pay the cost thereof, including the cost of the original copy of the transcript. The transcript shall become a part of the case record and remain on file with the department. The party requesting such verbatim record may be required to deposit, in advance, the anticipated cost of the record. Any transcript must be certified as true, correct, and complete by the parties before it becomes part of the record.

History: 77-3-303, MCA; IMP, 77-3-303, MCA; NEW, 1979 MAR p. 734, Eff. 7/12/79; TRANS, 1996 MAR p. 2384.

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