A. Hearings Before the Chief.
(1) In hearings before the Chief, the provisions of §A(2) and (3) of this regulation apply.
(2) Each party is entitled, on a genuine issue in a contested case, to:
(a) Call witnesses;
(b) Offer evidence; and
(c) Cross-examine any witness who testifies.
(3) Exclusion of Witnesses.
(a) Upon request by a party, the Chief shall exclude witnesses other than parties from the hearing room, except when testifying.
(b) A party that is not an individual may designate an employee or officer as its representative to remain in the hearing room, even though the employee or officer may be a witness.
(c) An expert witness who is to render an opinion based on testimony given at the hearing may remain during that testimony.
(d) A party, representative, witness, or spectator may not disclose to a witness excluded under §A(3) of this regulation the nature, substance, or purpose of testimony, or other evidence introduced during that witness's absence.
(e) The Chief may:
(i) Exclude the testimony of a witness who receives information in violation of §A(3) of this regulation; or
(ii) Take other appropriate action.
B. COMAR 28.02.01.20 governs hearings delegated to the Office.