Chapter 295-4 PLEADINGS
|(1)||The hearing in a contested case shall be commenced by the agency's filing of a notice of hearing directed to the respondent, or respondents.|
|(2)|| Every pleading or other paper
submitted for filing in a contested case, to the extent possible,
shall contain the following:
The party to whom a notice of hearing is directed must file with the agency an answer within fourteen (14) days after service of the notice of hearing. All allegations contained in the notice of hearing which are not specifically admitted are deemed denied.
A reply to the answer shall not be permitted and any new matters asserted in the answer shall be deemed denied.
Any party, including the agency, may amend any pleading or notice without leave of the agency until the eighth day prior to the date set for the hearing on the matter. Thereafter a party may amend his pleadings only by leave of the presiding officer, and leave shall be freely given when justice so requires. If an amendment is made to a notice of hearing, the answer to said amended notice shall be filed within seven (7) days after service of the amended notice, unless otherwise ordered by the presiding officer.