Joint Rules Title: JR6 Chapter: 2



            JR6-2-301.   General procedures for conducting a hearing on an ethics complaint.

            (1) In conducting a hearing on a complaint, the Independent Legislative Ethics Commission or the Senate or House Ethics Committee shall comply with the following process in the order specified:

            (a) introduction and instructions for procedure and process, at the discretion of the chair;

            (b) complainants' opening argument, to be presented by a complainant or complainants' counsel;

            (c) complainants' presentation of evidence and witnesses in support of allegations in the complaint;

            (d) consideration of motions to dismiss the complaint or motions for a directed verdict, as applicable;

            (e) respondent's opening argument, to be presented by the respondent or respondent's counsel;

            (f) respondent's presentation of evidence and witnesses refuting allegations in the complaint;

            (g) presentation of rebuttal evidence and witnesses by the complainants, at the discretion of the chair;

            (h) presentation of rebuttal evidence and witnesses by the respondent, at the discretion of the chair;

            (i) complainants' closing argument, to be presented by a complainant or complainants' counsel;

            (j) respondent's closing argument, to be presented by the respondent or respondent's counsel;

            (k) deliberations by the commission or committee; and

            (l) adoption of the commission's or committee's findings.

            (2) The commission or an ethics committee may, in extraordinary circumstances, vary the order contained in Subsection (1) by majority vote and by providing notice to the parties.

            (3) The chair may schedule the examination of a witness or evidence subpoenaed at the request of the chair or the committee under JR6-2-303 at the chair's discretion.