Alaska Statutes.
Title 18. Health, Safety, and Housing
Chapter 67. Violent Crimes Compensation Board
Section 40. Action On Application; Hearings.
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AS 18.67.040. Action On Application; Hearings.

(a) Upon application made under the provisions of this chapter, the board shall consider the application and rule on it. The board may, upon its own motion, order a hearing, specifying the time and place it is to be held; if a hearing is ordered, the board shall give notice to the applicant. If, after consideration without a hearing, the decision is unfavorable to the applicant, in whole or in part, the board shall furnish the applicant a written statement of the reason for the ruling. If, within 30 days after receipt of this statement, the applicant requests a hearing on the application, the board shall specify a time and place for a hearing and shall give notice to the applicant. If a request for a hearing is not made within the specified time, the decision of the board is final.

(b) For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter, the board or its hearing officer may hold the hearings, sit and act at the times and places, and take the testimony that the board or the hearing officer considers advisable. The board or its hearing officer may administer oaths or affirmations to witnesses. The board has full powers of subpoena and compulsion of attendance of witnesses and production of documents, but a subpoena may not be issued except under the signature of a member of the board. Application to a court for aid in enforcing the subpoena may be made in the name of the board only by a board member. Subpoenas are served by any person designated by the board.

(c) The applicant and any other person having a substantial interest in a proceeding may appear and be heard, produce evidence, and cross-examine witnesses in person or by an attorney. The board or its hearing officer also may hear other persons who in the judgment of the board or the hearing officer may have relevant evidence to submit.

(d) Admissibility of evidence is governed by AS 44.62 (Administrative Procedure Act).

(e) If a person has been convicted of an offense with respect to an act on which a claim under this chapter is based, proof of that conviction shall be taken as conclusive evidence that the offense has been committed, unless an appeal or a proceeding with regard to it is pending.

(f) Orders and decisions of the board shall be final.

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