Comments/Notes on Hearing-Level Process & Procedures (Optional):
Three case types (exemption proceedings, director/senior executive dismissal proceedings, accountant immediate suspension proceedings) require in-person hearings. Two case types (reclassification proceedings, crime-related discipline proceedings) allow either written or in-person hearings.
Regarding hearing transcription: All hearings are recorded and/or transcribed under this scheme, except immediate suspension of accountants/auditing firms under 12 C.F.R. § 19.243(c). Also, for the crime-related discipline proceeding case type, for national bank-connected individuals, a transcript of the proceedings "may be taken if the petitioner requests a transcript and agrees to pay all expenses or if the presiding officer determines that the nature of the case warrants a transcript." Id. § 19.112(d)(4). However, for Federal savings association-connected individuals in crime-related discipline hearings, all oral argument and testimony "shall" be recorded, and transcripts must be made available to the petitioner upon payment of costs. See id. § 108.7(e).
In exemption cases, before a case reaches a presiding officer, the Comptroller has authority to "deny an application for exemption without a hearing." 12 C.F.R. § 19.120.