Hearings Before the Hearing Officer
Hearing Officers conduct informal dispute resolution hearings in Workers Compensation and Victims of Crime cases. The hearings are informal and are intended to allow a person who disagrees with a written decision to bring the matter to an independent hearing officer for review and possible settlement or reversal.
The Hearing Officer will review the evidence submitted by the parties and listen to any position statements by the parties present in person or by telephone. The burden of showing the decision appealed was wrong is on the person who filed the appeal to the Hearing Officer.
The Hearing Officer can affirm or reverse the decision being appealed. The Hearing Officer can also send the matter back for further review or reconsideration.