RULE 5. EX PARTE COMMUNICATIONS
A. No Commissioner or Referee shall initiate, permit, or consider communications made to him or her outside the presence of the parties concerning a pending proceeding. No person shall discuss with a Commissioner or a Referee the facts or merits of any matter in which a Complaint has been filed, unless all parties or their attorneys are present, or a party has failed to attend a conference in which the parties have been duly notified of the time for such conference.
B. In the event such communication is made, the Commissioner or Referee receiving the communication shall give written notice to all parties of the communication. Any party may thereafter request a status conference to discuss the impact and effect of the communication, and any resolution thereof.
C. Referees acting as mediators shall be exempt from the above requirements