Also known as a â€œMasterâ€, a Hearing Officer is an attorney appointed by the Court who is authorized, under the Juvenile Act, to conduct delinquency and dependency hearings. Hearing Officersâ€™ decisions can be appealed to a Juvenile Court Judge.
An administrative law judge, a panel of the SEC C ommissioners that is less than a quorum, an individual Commissioner, or any other person that is authorized to preside at a hearing. 17 CFR 101. 201(a)(5). In practice, the hearing officer will most usually be an administrative law judge. The hearing officer possesses discretionary sanction powers over contemptuous conduct, deficient filings, and the failure to make required filings or cure deficient filings.