Subpoenas; Witness Fees
(1) Whenever a party has requested a hearing, a subpoena may be issued to
(a) [A]attendance and testimony at a hearing, or (b) the production of documentary or physical evidence under a witness' control[, may be compelled by subpoena] at or before a hearing.
(2) Subpoenas may be issued by an Administrative Law Judge or the attorney of record of a party. Upon request, the Hearings Division shall provide blank subpoenas.
(3) Subpoenas issued on behalf of a party may be served by the party or the party's representative. Service may be made in person or by certified mail or other mail that provides for a receipt signed by the recipient.
(4) Subpoenas shall be served far enough in advance of [a hearing] an appearance to allow
the witness or party a reasonable time to comply with the subpoena or to file an objection.
(5) Witness fees and mileage shall be provided at the time the subpoena is served, in the amount provided for in civil actions.
(6) “Individually identifiable health information,” as defined in ORCP 55(H)(1)(a),
be obtained through a subpoena under the following procedures:
(a) At the time a subpoena for individually identifiable health information is issued, the party issuing the subpoena must serve a copy of the subpoena to the party or the attorney for the party whose individually identifiable health information is being subpoenaed. Such service shall be as provided in section (3) above.
(b) The subpoena shall provide notice to the person or the person’s attorney,
if represented, whose individually identifiable health information is being
subpoenaed of the extent of
the information being sought, and shall describe the procedure for submitting a timely objection to the disclosure of such information. The subpoena shall include the following
in prominent or boldface type:
"IF YOU OPPOSE THE DISCLOSURE OF THE INFORMATION INCLUDED IN THIS SUBPOENA, YOU MUST FILE A WRITTEN OBJECTION, WITH THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD, 2601 25TH STREET SE, SUITE 150, SALEM OREGON 97302-1280. YOUR OBJECTION MUST BE FILED WITHIN SEVEN (7) CALENDAR DAYS OF THE MAILING DATE OF THIS NOTICE, AND MUST STATE THAT YOU OBJECT TO THE RELEASE OF THE INDIVIDUALLY IDENTIFIABLE HEALTH INFORMATION, THE BASIS FOR YOUR OBJECTION, YOUR ADDRESS, AND THE DATE OF YOUR INJURY IF YOU KNOW THE DATE. A COPY OF YOUR LETTER MUST ALSO BE PROVIDED SIMULTANEOUSLY TO THE RECIPIENT OF THE SUBPOENA, AS WELL AS TO THE PARTY ISSUING THE SUBPOENA. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS YOU MAY CALL THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION BOARD TOLL FREE IN OREGON 1-877-311-8061 OR, IN SALEM OR FROM OUTSIDE OREGON, AT (503) 378-3308, OR THE OMBUDSMAN’s OFFICE AT (503) 378-3351, OR TOLL-FREE, (800) 927-1271.
(c) The subpoena must also contain the following certification:
“I certify that I mailed a copy of this subpoena to [the person or the person’s attorney, if represented] at [address] on [date] by certified mail return receipt requested.”
(d) “File,” as used in this section, has the same meaning as OAR 438-005-0046.
(e) If the person whose individually identifiable health information is being subpoenaed does not timely object or waives any objection, the recipient of the subpoena shall comply with the subpoena.
(f) If the recipient of the subpoena receives a timely objection from the party whose individually identifiable health information is being subpoenaed, the recipient shall comply with the subpoena by mailing the information sought to the Workers’ Compensation Board, at 2601 25TH STREET SE, SUITE 150, SALEM OREGON 97302-1280.
(g) If the person whose individually identifiable health information is being subpoenaed timely objects, an expedited pre-hearing conference will be conducted under the provisions of ORS 656.283.
(h) A party who receives information under this section is required to disclose that information under OAR 438-007-0015.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 656.726(5)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 656.283(8), ORS 656.724(4) & ORS 656.726(2)(c)
Hist.: WCB 1-1984, f. 4-5-84, ef. 5-1-84; WCB 5-1987, f. 12-18-87, ef. 1-1-88; WCB 1-2003, f. 2-21-03, cert. ef. 5-1-03; WCB 1-2005, f. 6-29-05, cert. ef. 9-1-05