1:1-9.1 Scheduling of proceedings
(a) When a contested case is filed, it may be scheduled for mediation, settlement conference, prehearing conference, proceeding on the papers, telephone hearing, plenary hearing or other proceeding.
(b) To schedule a proceeding, the Clerk or the judge‘s secretary may contact the parties to arrange a convenient date, time and place or may prepare and serve notice without first contacting the parties. Proceedings shall be scheduled for suitable locations, taking into consideration the convenience of the witnesses and the parties, as well as the nature of the case and proceedings.
(c) The Clerk may schedule a settlement conference whenever such a proceeding may be appropriate and productive. The Clerk may schedule mediation whenever all parties concur.
(d) A prehearing conference may be scheduled in any case whenever necessary to foster an efficient and expeditious proceeding.
(e) A proceeding on the papers may be scheduled in accordance with N.J.A.C. 1:1-14.8 for:
1. Division of Motor Vehicles cases dealing with excessive points and surcharges, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:13;
2. Department of Environmental Protection cases involving emergency water supply allocation plan exemptions, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:7; and
3. Any other class of suitable cases which the Director of the Office of Administrative Law and the transmitting agency agree could be lawfully decided on the papers.
(f) A telephone hearing may be scheduled for any case when the judge so directs, subject to the requirements of N.J.A.C. 1:1-15.8(e).