Petitions and Appeals - Glossary

Adjudicative proceeding – a hearing process described in the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 34.05 RCW)

Appeal – an administrative review of a DRS decision

Appellant – the person seeking administrative review in an appeal

Brief – written argument

Closing statement – a party’s statement made at the close of that party’s evidence that summarizes the evidence presented

Cross examination – a party’s questions of the other party’s witness

Direct examination – a party’s questions of his or her own witness

Final order – the Presiding Officer’s decision on an appeal

Exhibit – documentary evidence

Opening statement – a party’s statement made at the beginning of the hearing that describes the evidence to be presented and the theory of the party’s case

Presiding officer – the officer designated by DRS to hear and decide appeals

Pro se – an appellant not represented by legal counsel

RCW – Revised Code of Washington

Stipulation – an agreement parties reach about the facts

WAC – Washington Administrative Code