The following procedure will apply to revocation and suspension hearings and to judicial review of these hearings:
(1) Hearings are to be conducted by a five-person panel of the Board of Social Work Examiners with recommended decisions to be by majority vote of the panel.
(2) Reasonable notice (20 days' minimum) of charges to be served personally or by registered mail.
(3) Stenographic record of proceedings.
(4) A person licensed under this chapter whose license is subject to suspension or revocation is entitled to:
a. The presence of counsel at the hearing at his expense;
b. The right to cross-examination of witnesses;
c. The right to call witnesses on his or her own behalf; and
d. The right to subpoena witnesses and documents.
(5) Any person affected by the action of the board in refusing his or her application or suspending or revoking his or her license, or any other action of the board, may appeal the action of the board by filing a petition within 30 days thereafter in the circuit court in the county where the person resides or in the Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Alabama, and the court is vested with jurisdiction and it shall be the duty of the court to set the matter for hearing upon 10 days' written notice to the board and the attorney representing the board. The court in which the petition of appeal is filed shall determine whether or not a cancellation or suspension of a license shall be abated until the hearing shall have been consummated with final judgment thereof or whether any other action of the board should be suspended pending hearing, and enter its order accordingly, which shall be operative when served upon the board, and the court shall provide the attorney representing the board with a copy of the petition and order. The board shall be represented in such appeals by the district attorney of the county or the Attorney General, or any of their assistants. The board shall initially determine all facts, but the court, upon appeal, shall set aside the determination of the board if the board's determination:
a. Is not based upon substantial evidence upon the entire record;
b. Is arbitrary or capricious;
c. Is in violation of statutory requirements; or
d. Was made without affording the licensee or applicant due process of law.
(6) The board may, in its discretion, seek an injunction against any person engaged in violation of this chapter.
Last modified: May 3, 2021