(A) Taking of Evidence During Preliminary Investigation. Before filing a complaint, the commission may take evidence before it or an individual member of the commission, or before the executive director or other member of the staff for purposes of the preliminary investigation.
(B) Cooperation With Investigation. A judge, clerk, court employee, member of the bar, or other officer of a court must comply with a reasonable request made by the commission in its investigation.
(1) Pretrial or discovery proceedings are not permitted, except as follows:
(a) At least 21 days before a scheduled public hearing,
(i) the parties shall provide to one another, in writing, the names and addresses of all persons whom they intend to call at the hearing, a copy of all statements and affidavits given by those persons, and any material in their possession that they intend to introduce as evidence at the hearing, and
(ii) the commission shall make available to the respondent for inspection or copying all exculpatory material in its possession.
(b) The parties shall give supplemental notice to one another within 5 days after any additional witness or material has been identified and at least 10 days before a scheduled hearing.
(2) A deposition may be taken of a witness who is living outside the state or who is physically unable to attend a hearing.
(3) The commission or the master may order a prehearing conference to obtain admissions or otherwise narrow the issues presented by the pleadings.
If a party fails to comply with subrules (C)(1) or (2), the master may, on motion and showing of material prejudice as a result of the failure, impose one or more of the sanctions set forth in MCR 2.313(B)(2)(a)-(c).