Your OSPI Hearing

At your Hearing

Who attends?

The following people typically attend a hearing:

  • You
  • Your lawyer or advisor
  • Your witnesses
  • The other party
  • The other party’s lawyer
  • The other party’s witnesses
  • The judge
  • A court reporter (in some cases)
  • An Interpreter (if needed)

How do I participate?

Your hearing may take place, in person, by phone, or by video conference. The judge will decide this at the prehearing conference and provide participation information in the prehearing order. If the judge decides the hearing is in person, the judge will set the location. If the hearing is in person, the judge may let some witnesses appear by phone.

What is the hearing process?

The judge will begin the hearing with a brief explanation of the hearing process.

Here are the highlights:

  • Opening Statements – a brief statement of what your case is about.
  • Direct Examination – each party gets to ask their witnesses questions.
  • Cross Examination – each party gets to ask questions of the other party’s witnesses. You may only ask questions. You may not comment on their testimony or make statements.
  • Closing Arguments - your chance to argue your position and ask the judge to decide in your favor.

The hearing process typically ends on the last day of the hearing. The judge will give you additional instructions if needed.


When do I get the decision?

The judge will not make a decision at the hearing. The judge will send the decision in a written order.

What if I disagree with the decision?

If you disagree with the judge’s decision you have the right to appeal. The decision will give instructions on how to appeal. Be sure to follow the instructions. There are strict due dates and requirements.