CASE PROCESSING PROCEDURES; PROCEDURE BEFORE ALJ – Motions
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1104.02000 – Motions
The Board contrasted the lenient amendment standard which arises before or during a hearing with the stricter unalleged violations standard which attaches after all parties have rested and the hearing is closed. A motion to amend made at the halfway point in the hearing is less likely to cause prejudice which cannot be mitigated than a motion made at the close of a hearing. No matter at what point in the hearing a motion to amend is made, the same core question must be answered: Is there undue prejudice that cannot be sufficiently mitigated by scheduling additional hearing time after an appropriate continuance?