What happens if the recording equipment malfunctions during a hearing?
When there is a failure in the recording system, the proceedings are adjourned until the failure is corrected. If a quick solution cannot be found, then the hearing is moved to another hearing room, if one is available. If all else fails, and the hearing cannot continue being recorded, the hearing chair asks the parties in attendance if they wish to continue with the proceedings, unrecorded. If there is a difference of opinion, then the hearing chair asks for arguments from the parties as to why the hearing should or should not continue. Ultimately, the hearing panel decides whether to adjourn the proceedings until a later time or continue with the hearing unrecorded.