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§ 142.12


(a) Definitions. The following words and terms, as used in this chapter, shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

(1) Evidence--Testimony or documents, including books, papers, and tangible things.

(2) Service--Delivery of a subpoena by an authorized individual to the person to whom it is addressed.

(3) Subpoena--A division order issued by the administrative law judge requiring a person to attend or to produce evidence at a deposition (deposition subpoena) or at a hearing (hearing subpoena).

(b) How issued. The division may issue a subpoena:

(1) on its own motion; or

(2) at the request of a party, if the administrative law judge determines the party has a good cause.

(c) Request for subpoena. A party may request a subpoena in the following manner:

(1) If the requester is a carrier, carrier representative, claimant represented by an attorney, or claimant assisted by OIEC, the request shall:

(A) be in writing;

(B) identify the evidence to be produced, and explain why it is relevant to a disputed issue;

(C) state whether the subpoena is for a deposition or a hearing;

(D) be sent to the division; and

(E) be delivered to all parties, as provided by §142.4 of this chapter (relating to Delivery of Copies to All Parties).

(2) A claimant who is neither represented by an attorney nor assisted by OIEC may request a subpoena by contacting the division in any manner, and may also request the division to arrange for service, if service will be at no cost to the division.

(d) Special provisions for hearing subpoenas. A request for a hearing subpoena shall be sent to the division and delivered to the parties, as provided by §142.4 of this chapter (relating to Delivery of Copies to All Parties), no later than 10 days before the hearing. The administrative law judge may deny a request for a hearing subpoena upon a determination that the testimony may be adequately obtained by deposition or written affidavit.

(e) Service. Upon granting a request and issuing a subpoena, the administrative law judge shall:

(1) return it to the requester for service, according to §176.5, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure; or

(2) send it to the appropriate sheriff or constable, or any person who is not a party and is 18 years of age or older for service, if a claimant who is neither represented by an attorney nor assisted by OIEC has requested the division to arrange for service, as provided by subsection (c)(2) of this section.

(f) Costs.

(1) Except as provided by subsection (c)(2) of this section, the party requesting the subpoena is responsible for all costs associated with the subpoena, including service, witness fees, and mileage.

(2) A witness or deponent who is not a party and who is subpoenaed or otherwise compelled to attend a hearing or deposition to give testimony or produce documents is entitled to receive from the party requesting the subpoena:

(A) a fee of $30 a day for each day or part of a day the person is necessarily present as a witness or deponent;

(B) mileage at the rate set for state employees in the General Appropriations Act, for going to and returning from the place of the hearing or the place of the deposition, if the place is more than 25 miles from the person's place of residence; and

(C) fees for providing expert testimony relating to medical issues shall be paid according to guidelines established by the division pursuant to the Texas Labor Code, Chapter 413.

(g) A subpoena may be enforced in the manner provided by the Government Code §2001.201 and the Texas Labor Code.

The provisions of this §142.12 adopted to be effective February 12, 1991, 16 TexReg 463; amended to be effective May 10, 2000, 25 TexReg 3990; amended to be effective January 7, 2019, 44 TexReg 108.

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