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14 CFR Ch. I (1–1–18 Edition) 

§ 13.219 

the motion for disqualification and 
supporting affidavit show a basis for 
disqualification, the administrative 
law judge shall withdraw from the pro-
ceedings immediately. If the adminis-
trative law judge finds that disquali-
fication is not warranted, the adminis-
trative law judge shall deny the motion 
and state the grounds for the denial on 
the record. If the administrative law 
judge fails to rule on a party’s motion 
for disqualification within 15 days after 
the motion has been filed, the motion 
is deemed granted. 

(iv)  Appeal.  A party may appeal the 

administrative law judge’s denial of 
the motion for disqualification in ac-
cordance with § 13.219(b) of this sub-

[Amdt. 13–21, 55 FR 27575, July 3, 1990, as 
amended by 71 FR 70464, Dec. 5, 2006] 

§ 13.219

Interlocutory appeals. 

(a)  General.  Unless otherwise pro-

vided in this subpart, a party may not 
appeal a ruling or decision of the ad-
ministrative law judge to the FAA de-
cisionmaker until the initial decision 
has been entered on the record. A deci-
sion or order of the FAA decisionmaker 
on the interlocutory appeal does not 
constitute a final order of the Adminis-
trator for the purposes of judicial ap-
pellate review as provided in § 13.235 of 
this subpart. 

(b)  Interlocutory appeal for cause. If a 

party files a written request for an in-
terlocutory appeal for cause with the 
administrative law judge, or orally re-
quests an interlocutory appeal for 
cause, the proceedings are stayed until 
the administrative law judge issues a 
decision on the request. If the adminis-
trative law judge grants the request, 
the proceedings are stayed until the 
FAA decisionmaker issues a decision 
on the interlocutory appeal. The ad-
ministrative law judge shall grant an 
interlocutory appeal for cause if a 
party shows that delay of the appeal 
would be detrimental to the public in-
terest or would result in undue preju-
dice to any party. 

(c)  Interlocutory appeals of right. If a 

party notifies the administrative law 
judge of an interlocutory appeal of 
right, the proceedings are stayed until 
the FAA decisionmaker issues a deci-
sion on the interlocutory appeal. A 

party may file an interlocutory appeal 
with the FAA decisionmaker, without 
the consent of the administrative law 
judge, before an initial decision has 
been entered in the case of: 

(1) A ruling or order by the adminis-

trative law judge barring a person from 
the proceedings. 

(2) Failure of the administrative law 

judge to dismiss the proceedings in ac-
cordance with § 13.215 of this subpart. 

(3) A ruling or order by the adminis-

trative law judge in violation of 
§ 13.205(b) of this subpart. 

(d)  Procedure.  A party shall file a no-

tice of interlocutory appeal, with sup-
porting documents, with the FAA deci-
sionmaker and the hearing docket 
clerk, and shall serve a copy of the no-
tice and supporting documents on each 
party and the administrative law 
judge, not later than 10 days after the 
administrative law judge’s decision 
forming the basis of an interlocutory 
appeal of right or not later than 10 
days after the administrative law 
judge’s decision granting an interlocu-
tory appeal for cause, whichever is ap-
propriate. A party shall file a reply 
brief, if any, with the FAA decision-
maker and serve a copy of the reply 
brief on each party, not later than 10 
days after service of the appeal brief. 
The FAA decisionmaker shall render a 
decision on the interlocutory appeal, 
on the record and as a part of the deci-
sion in the proceedings, within a rea-
sonable time after receipt of the inter-
locutory appeal. 

(e) The FAA decisionmaker may re-

ject frivolous, repetitive, or dilatory 
appeals, and may issue an order pre-
cluding one or more parties from mak-
ing further interlocutory appeals in a 
proceeding in which there have been 
frivolous, repetitive, or dilatory inter-
locutory appeals. 

[Amdt. 13–21, 55 FR 27575, July 3, 1990, as 
amended by Amdt. 13–23, 55 FR 45983, Oct. 31, 
1990; 71 FR 70464, Dec. 5, 2006] 

§ 13.220


(a)  Initiation of discovery. Any party 

may initiate discovery described in 
this section, without the consent or ap-
proval of the administrative law judge, 
at any time after a complaint has been 
filed in the proceedings. 

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