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§ 12060. GCA Hearings.

4 CA ADC § 12060Barclays Official California Code of RegulationsEffective: July 1, 2023

Barclays California Code of Regulations
Title 4. Business Regulations
Division 18. California Gambling Control Commission
Chapter 1. General Provisions
Article 2. Procedures for Hearings and Meetings on Applications
Effective: July 1, 2023
4 CCR § 12060
§ 12060. GCA Hearings.
(a) If the Executive Director determines it is appropriate, he or she may set an application for consideration at a GCA hearing in advance of a meeting pursuant to Section 12054. The Executive Director will give notice to the applicant, pursuant to paragraph (2) subsection (c) of Section 12052, to the Office of the Attorney General, and to the Bureau no later than 90 calendar days in advance of the GCA hearing. The Executive Director's determination will be based on information contained in the Bureau's report or other appropriate sources including, without limitation, a request from the Bureau or applicant as well as the Commission's operational considerations.
(b) When a GCA hearing is elected pursuant to Section 12056, subsection (a), the Executive Director will give notice to the applicant, pursuant to paragraph (2) subsection (c) of Section 12052, to the Office of the Attorney General, and to the Bureau no later than 60 calendar days in advance of the GCA hearing.
(c) An applicant may request that his, her, or its GCA hearing be held at a Southern California location instead of the Commission's principal office in Sacramento, by completing the appropriate section on the Notice of Defense, CGCC-CH1-03 (Rev. 08/21). The request must be made on the initial Notice of Defense form submitted to the Commission and Bureau within the timeframes specified on the form.
(1) The Executive Director will approve a Southern California GCA hearing, if the request is timely made on the initial Notice of Defense form and meets all of the following criteria:
(A) The GCA hearing is estimated by Commission staff to last no longer than four hours.
(B) The primary residence of the applicant is located in one of the following counties: Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, or Ventura.
(C) A GCA hearing will be noticed for a Southern California location only when it is in the best public interest, promotes judicial economy, and comports with the Commission's availability.
(2) If at any time before the hearing, the Executive Director determines that the criteria in subparagraphs (A) through (C) of paragraph (1) are no longer met, Commission staff may cancel the Southern California GCA hearing and issue a new notice for a hearing at the Commission's principal office in Sacramento.
(d) The presiding officer and her or his support staff will have no communication with the Commission or Commission staff upon the merits of an application prior to the evidentiary hearing. The Executive Director will designate a presiding officer which will be:
(1) A member of the Commission's legal staff; or,
(2) An Administrative Law Judge.
(e) The applicant or the complainant, or the applicant and the complainant, may request a continuance in writing to the Executive Director stating the reason for the continuance and any proposed future hearing dates. The Executive Director or Commission may approve the request. For a Southern California GCA hearing, if a continuance is granted, the hearing may be scheduled in Sacramento or Southern California based on the criteria specified in subparagraphs (A) through (C) of paragraph (1) of subsection (c).
(f) The complainant will provide to the applicant, subject to subsection (b) of Section 12056, at least 45 calendar days prior to the GCA hearing, and the applicant must provide to the complainant, at least 30 calendar days prior to the GCA hearing, the following items:
(1) A list of potential witnesses with the general subject of the testimony of each witness;
(2) Copies of all documentary evidence intended to be introduced at the hearing and not previously provided;
(3) Reports or statements of parties and witnesses, if available; and
(4) All other written comments, writings, or other items containing relevant evidence.
(g) The provisions of subsection (f) of this section provide the exclusive right to and method of discovery between the applicant and complainant to a GCA hearing. Discovery is not permitted upon a Commission member or an advisor of the Commission unless a showing is made that they have direct personal factual information pertaining to material issues related to the application at issue and the information to be gained from the Commission member or advisor of the Commission is not available through any other sources.
(h) A presiding officer will rule on the admissibility of evidence and on any objections raised except for objections raised under subsection (h). A ruling by the presiding officer is final.
(1) In advance of the GCA hearing, upon a motion of a party or by order of the presiding officer, the presiding officer may conduct a pre-hearing conference, either in person, via teleconference, or by email exchange, subject to the presiding officer's availability and will issue a pre-hearing order if appropriate or requested by either party. The pre-hearing conference and order may address the following:
(A) Evidentiary issues;
(B) Witness and exhibit lists;
(C) Alterations in the Bureau recommendation;
(D) Stipulations for undisputed facts and/or the admission of evidence including without limitation the Bureau's report;
(E) Authorizing offsite livestreaming appearances for parties or witnesses if good cause has been presented and only if the process for offsite livestreaming has been approved by the Executive Director; and,
(F) Other issues that may be deemed appropriate to promote the orderly and prompt conduct of the hearing.
(2) The GCA hearing need not be conducted according to technical rules of evidence. Any relevant evidence may be considered, and is sufficient in itself to support findings if it is the sort of evidence on which reasonable persons are accustomed to rely in the conduct of serious affairs, regardless of the existence of any common law or statutory rule that might make improper the admission of that evidence over objection in a civil action.
(i) The Commission may, at any time upon a showing of prejudice by the objecting party:
(1) Prohibit the testimony of any witness or the introduction of any documentary evidence that has not been disclosed pursuant to subsection (f); or
(2) Continue any meeting or hearing as necessary to mitigate any prejudice.
(j) The complainant will present all facts and information in the Bureau report, if any, and the results of the Bureau's background investigation, and the basis for any recommendation, if the Bureau filed one with the Commission according to Business and Professions Code section 19868, to enable the Commission to make an informed decision on whether the applicant has met his, her, or its burden of proof. The complainant may but is not required to recommend or seek any particular outcome during the evidentiary hearing, unless it so chooses.
(k) The burden of proof is always on the applicant to prove his, her, or its qualifications to receive any license or other approval under the Act.
(l) The applicant may choose to represent himself, herself, or itself, or may retain an attorney or lay representative. Lay representatives may assist the applicant but are not authorized to serve as an attorney as otherwise defined and regulated by state law.
(m) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (i), the complainant and applicant will have the right to call and examine witnesses under oath; to introduce relevant exhibits and documentary evidence; to cross-examine opposing witnesses on any relevant matter, even if the matter was not covered in direct examination; to impeach any witness, regardless of which party first called the witness to testify; and to offer rebuttal evidence. If the applicant does not testify on his, her or its behalf, the applicant may be called and examined, under oath, as if under cross-examination.
(n) Oral evidence will be taken upon oath or affirmation, which may be administered by the Executive Director, a member of the Commission, or the presiding officer if an Administrative Law Judge.
(o) At the conclusion of the evidentiary hearing, the members of the Commission will take the matter under submission, may discuss the matter in a closed session meeting, and may schedule future closed session meetings for deliberation.

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Note: Authority cited: Sections 19811, 19823, 19824, 19840 and 19841, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 19816, 19823, 19824, 19824.5, 19825, 19868, 19870, 19871 and 19876, Business and Professions Code; and Section 11512, Government Code.
History
1. New section filed 11-25-2014; operative 1-1-2015 (Register 2014, No. 48).
2. Amendment filed 1-22-2020; operative 4-1-2020 (Register 2020, No. 4).
3. New subsections (c)-(c)(2), subsection relettering and amendment of newly designated subsections (e), (g), (h)(1) and (l) filed 1-11-2022; operative 4-1-2022 (Register 2022, No. 2).
4. Amendment of subsection (b) filed 2-8-2022; operative 4-1-2022 (Register 2022, No. 6).
5. Amendment of subsection (f)(4), new subsection (g), subsection relettering and amendment of newly designated subsection (m) filed 5-16-2023; operative 7-1-2023 (Register 2023, No. 20).
This database is current through 7/5/24 Register 2024, No. 27.
Cal. Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12060, 4 CA ADC § 12060
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