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New Jersey Statutes, Title: 5, AMUSEMENTS, PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS AND MEETINGS
Section: 5:12-107: Conduct of hearings; rules of evidence; punishment of contempts.
107. Conduct of Hearings; Rules of Evidence; Punishment of Contempts. a. The commission shall promulgate regulations for the conduct of hearings it is authorized to conduct under subsection a. of section 63 of P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-63), which regulations shall include the following:
(1) Unless the commission hears the matter directly, the chairman shall refer the matter to the Office of Administrative Law in accordance with P.L.1978, c.67 (C.52:14F-1 et al.); provided, however, that the chairman may, in his discretion, designate a member of the commission, or other qualified person other than an employee of the commission, to serve as hearing examiner in a particular matter;
(2) The proceedings at the hearing shall be recorded or transcribed;
(3) Oral evidence shall be taken only upon oath or affirmation;
(4) Each party to a hearing shall have the right to call and examine witnesses; to introduce exhibits relevant to the issues of the case, including the transcript of testimony at any investigative hearing conducted by or on behalf of the commission; to cross-examine opposing witnesses in any matters relevant to the issue of the case; to impeach any witness, regardless of which party called him to testify; and to offer rebuttal evidence;
(5) If an applicant, licensee, registrant or person who shall be qualified pursuant to this act is a party and if such party shall not testify in his own behalf, he may be called and examined as if under cross-examination;
(6) The hearing shall not be conducted according to rules relating to the admissibility of evidence in courts of law. Any relevant evidence may be admitted and shall be sufficient in itself to support a finding if it is the sort of evidence upon which responsible persons are accustomed to rely in the conduct of serious affairs, regardless of the existence of any common law or statutory rule which might make improper the admission of such evidence over objection in a civil action; and
(7) The parties or their counsel may, by written stipulation, agree that certain specified evidence may be admitted, although such evidence may be otherwise subject to objection.
b. The commission may take official notice of any generally accepted information or technical or scientific matter in the field of gaming and of any other fact which may be judicially noticed by the courts of this State. The parties shall be informed of any information, matters or facts so noticed and shall be given a reasonable opportunity, on request, to refute such information, matters or facts by evidence or by written or oral presentation of authorities, the manner of such refutation to be determined by the commission. The commission may, in its discretion, before rendering its decision, permit the filing of amended or supplemental pleadings and shall notify all parties thereof and provide a reasonable opportunity for objections thereto.
c. If any person in proceedings before the commission or the division disobeys or resists any lawful order, refuses to respond to a subpena, refuses to take the oath or affirmation as a witness or thereafter refuses to be examined, or is guilty of misconduct at the hearing or so near the place thereof as to obstruct the proceeding, the person may be punished for contempt in accordance with the Rules of Court if the commission or division certifies the facts underlying the contumacious behavior to the Superior Court. Thereafter, the courts shall have jurisdiction in the matter, and the same proceeding shall be had, the same penalties may be imposed, and the person charged may purge himself of the contempt in the same way as in the case of a person who has committed contempt in the trial of a civil action before the Superior Court.
d. (Deleted by amendment, P.L.2011, c.19)
e. The division shall promulgate rules governing the conduct of hearings and other procedures as are necessary for it to fulfill its duties and exercise its powers consistent with section 76 of P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-76).
f. The commission and division shall have the power and authority to issue subpoenas and to compel the attendance of witnesses at any place within this State, to administer oaths and to require testimony under oath before the commission or division in the course of any investigation or hearing conducted under this act. The commission and division may appoint hearing examiners, to whom may be delegated the power and authority to administer oaths, issue subpoenas, and require testimony under oath.
g. The commission and division shall have the authority to order any person to answer a question or questions or produce evidence of any kind and confer immunity as provided in this section. If, in the course of any investigation or hearing conducted under this act, a person refuses to answer a question or produce evidence on the ground that he will be exposed to criminal prosecution thereby, then in addition to any other remedies or sanctions provided for by this act, the division or the commission with the written approval of the Attorney General, may issue an order to answer or to produce evidence with immunity.
If, upon issuance of such an order, the person complies therewith, he shall be immune from having such responsive answer given by him or such responsive evidence produced by him, or evidence derived therefrom, used to expose him to criminal prosecution, except that such person may nevertheless be prosecuted for any perjury committed in such answer or in producing such evidence, or for contempt for failing to give an answer or produce evidence in accordance with the order of the commission or the division; provided, however, that no period of incarceration for contempt shall exceed 18 months in duration pursuant to this section. Any such answer given or evidence produced shall be admissible against him upon any criminal investigation, proceeding or trial against him for such perjury; upon any investigation, proceeding or trial against him for such contempt; or in any manner consonant with State and constitutional provisions.
h. Any licensee, applicant for a license or a registrant who is aggrieved by a final decision by the division shall have the right of appeal to the commission. Notwithstanding the foregoing, no decision by the division shall constitute a final agency action for purposes of establishing jurisdiction on appeal in the New Jersey Superior Court.
i. All appeals from final decisions of the division shall be heard by the commission in accordance with subsection b. of section 63 of P.L.1977, c.110 (C.5:12-63), which procedure may include the opportunity for the matter to be heard as a contested case in accordance with the "Administrative Procedure Act," P.L.1968, c.410 (C.52:14B-1 et seq.). Final orders of the commission shall constitute final agency action for purposes of establishing jurisdiction on appeal in the New Jersey Superior Court.
L.1977, c.110, s.107; amended 1979, c.282, s.36; 1987, c.354, s.19; 1993, c.292, s.25; 2011, c.19, s.76.
This section added to the Rutgers Database: 2013-06-10 16:36:30.
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