(a) In resolving a complaint, the commissioner may conduct an informal conference or informal hearing or may require that the parties submit written statements or sworn affidavits.
Terms Used In Tennessee Code 45-1-304
- Commissioner: means the commissioner of financial institutions. See Tennessee Code 45-1-103
- Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
- Department: means the department of financial institutions. See Tennessee Code 45-1-103
- Evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
- Person: means an individual, corporation, firm, trust, estate, partnership, joint venture, or association. See Tennessee Code 45-1-103
- written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
(b) In addition, the commissioner may designate a qualified person, whether or not an employee of the department, to mediate or arbitrate the complaint.
(c) When the commissioner conducts an informal hearing or conference, the parties are not bound by the rules of procedure and evidence pertaining to contested cases.
(d) Upon reaching a decision, the commissioner shall notify the parties with a written award.