§ 850-X-10-.08. Conflict And Bias
(1) No Board member shall deliberate or vote on the merits of any disciplinary matter if the Board member is personally biased against the respondent or when such voting would violate the provisions of the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act, Code of Ala. 1975, § 41-22 -18(a) (1991).
(2) A party to any formal action or contested case, or respondent in a disciplinary action, who intends to assert bias or conflict on the part of any hearing officer or Board member must do so by filing, at least three days before the scheduled hearing and received in the headquarters of the Board, an affidavit and suggestion of disqualification together with the underlying factual basis for the assertion. In the absence of actual or constructive bias or prejudice, the failure to timely file an affidavit and suggestion of disqualification shall be deemed a waiver of such grounds as error in any appeal.
(3) The hearing officer or Board member to whom a suggestion of disqualification is directed shall consider the assertion of disqualification on the record as a preliminary matter at the hearing before any other question is decided.(Repealed and Replaced: Filed October 31, 1997; Operative December 5, 1997; effective January 1, 1998 (See Rule 850-X-1-.19). Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXIV, Issue No. 12, September 30, 2016, eff. October 30, 2016.)
Author: Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, § 41-22 -18 (1991).
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