California Government Code Section 11513
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11513. (a) Oral evidence shall be taken only on oath or
(b) Each party shall have these rights: to call and examine
witnesses, to introduce exhibits; to cross-examine opposing witnesses
on any matter relevant to the issues even though that matter was not
covered in the direct examination; to impeach any witness regardless
of which party first called him or her to testify; and to rebut the
evidence against him or her. If respondent does not testify in his or
her own behalf he or she may be called and examined as if under
(c) The hearing need not be conducted according to technical rules
relating to evidence and witnesses, except as hereinafter provided.
Any relevant evidence shall be admitted if it is the sort of evidence
on which responsible persons are accustomed to rely in the conduct
of serious affairs, regardless of the existence of any common law or
statutory rule which might make improper the admission of the
evidence over objection in civil actions.
(d) Hearsay evidence may be used for the purpose of supplementing
or explaining other evidence but over timely objection shall not be
sufficient in itself to support a finding unless it would be
admissible over objection in civil actions. An objection is timely if
made before submission of the case or on reconsideration.
(e) The rules of privilege shall be effective to the extent that
they are otherwise required by statute to be recognized at the
(f) The presiding officer has discretion to exclude evidence if
its probative value is substantially outweighed by the probability
that its admission will necessitate undue consumption of time.
Last modified: February 22, 2013