The Schedule of a Typical Hearing Officer
The hearing officers typically has between 6 and 7 cases a day, with 3 to 4 in the morning, and 3 in the afternoon. This means they normally have just an hour to hear each case. They will have extra time for their last morning case and for their last afternoon case.

So if you expect your case to run long, ask the Appeals Scheduling Clerk for the biggest timeslot available. Specifically tell them you want the last morning or last afternoon timeslot. The last morning case will be at either 10:15am or 11:15am, depending on if they have 6 or 7 cases. This timeslot guarantees you at least an hour and 45 minutes before the hearing officer's first afternoon case (1pm). The last afternoon case is always at 3pm.  With this timeslot, you may have two or more hours for the hearing.

Note: Getting a big timeslot can be very important.  If your case runs into another time slot, the hearing officer could have it continued for another day.  This means the parties will have to come back for another appearance. Worse, with other cases to attend to, the hearing officer may feel pressured to rush through your case and wind it up without hearing all your evidence. Thus, for cases involving many witnesses,
poor performance, or multiple issues, get a big timeslot. 

See Chart Below

Morning                                                                       Afternoon

8:15 am 1:00 pm
9:15 am 2:00 pm
10:15 am (May be last Morning Case) 2.75 hrs
3:00 pm (Last Afternoon Case) 2+ hrs
11:15 am (May Be Last Morning Case) 1.75 hrs

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