CA Gov't Code Section 13959


The board shall grant a hearing to an applicant who contests a staff recommendation to deny compensation in whole or in part.


The board shall notify the applicant not less than 10 days prior to the date of the hearing. Notwithstanding Section 11123, if the application that the board is considering involves either a crime against a minor, a crime of sexual assault, or a crime of domestic violence, the board may exclude from the hearing all persons other than board members and members of its staff, the applicant for benefits, a minor applicant’s parents or guardians, the applicant’s representative, witnesses, and other persons of the applicant’s choice to provide assistance to the applicant during the hearing. However, the board shall not exclude persons from the hearing if the applicant or applicant’s representative requests that the hearing be open to the public.


At the hearing, the person seeking compensation shall have the burden of establishing, by a preponderance of the evidence, the elements for eligibility under Section 13955.


Except as otherwise provided by law, in making determinations of eligibility for compensation and in deciding upon the amount of compensation, the board shall apply the law in effect as of the date an application was submitted.


(1)The hearing shall be informal and need not be conducted according to the technical rules relating to evidence and witnesses. The board may rely on any relevant evidence 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 a common law or statutory rule that might make improper the admission of the evidence over objection in a civil action. The board may rely on written reports prepared for the board, or other information received, from public agencies responsible for investigating the crime. If the applicant or the applicant’s representative chooses not to appear at the hearing, the board may act solely upon the application for compensation, the staff’s report, and other evidence that appears in the record.


The board shall allow a service animal to accompany and support a witness while testifying at a hearing.


Hearings shall be held in various locations with the frequency necessary to provide for the speedy adjudication of the applications. If the applicant’s presence is required at the hearing, the board shall schedule the applicant’s hearing in as convenient a location as possible or conduct the hearing by telephone.


The board may delegate the hearing of applications to hearing officers.


The decisions of the board shall be in writing. Copies of the decisions shall be delivered to the applicant or to his or her representative personally or sent to him or her by mail.


The board may order a reconsideration of all or part of a decision on written request of the applicant. The board shall not grant more than one request for reconsideration with respect to any one decision on an application for compensation. The board shall not consider any request for reconsideration filed with the board more than 30 calendar days after the personal delivery or 60 calendar days after the mailing of the original decision.


The board may order a reconsideration of all or part of a decision on its own motion, at its discretion, at any time.


Evidence submitted after the board has denied a request for reconsideration shall not be considered unless the board chooses to reconsider its decision on its own motion.
Last Updated

Aug. 19, 2023

§ 13959’s source at ca​.gov