The fol­low­ing shall apply to any hear­ing held pur­suant to this Chapter:

(A) Any hear­ing con­duct­ed before the Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion­er shall be open to the pub­lic and shall be held at a rea­son­able time, date and place;

(B) The Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion­er shall have the pow­er to issue sub­poe­nas for wit­ness­es, to place wit­ness­es under oath and to rule on objec­tions, to con­duct the hear­ing in an effi­cient man­ner, to dis­miss charges to impose fines, sus­pen­sions and revocations;

(C) A par­ty to the hear­ing may present evi­dence and argument;

(D) The Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion­er may lim­it, but not pro­hib­it, the pre­sen­ta­tion of evi­dence and argument;

(E) The State’s Attor­ney shall have the bur­den of prov­ing by a pre­pon­der­ance of the evi­dence the charges alleged against the licensee;

(F) A licensee may be rep­re­sent­ed by an attor­ney licensed to prac­tice law in this State;

(G) The hear­ing shall be infor­mal and strict rules of evi­dence shall not apply;

(H) The Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion­er shall reduce all evi­dence to writ­ing and shall main­tain an offi­cial record of the pro­ceed­ings.  Such record shall be made by a cer­ti­fied court reporter or cer­ti­fied short­hand reporter;

(I) The Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion­er may grant a con­tin­u­ance for good cause shown;

(J) The Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion­er may issue an ex parte judg­ment where the licensee has received notice as required under this Chap­ter and fails to appear at the hear­ing; and

(K) The Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion­er shall, with­in five (5) days after such hear­ing, if it deter­mines after such hear­ing that the license should be revoked, sus­pend­ed and/or fined, state the rea­son or rea­sons for such deter­mi­na­tion in a writ­ten order of revo­ca­tion, sus­pen­sion and/or fine and shall serve a copy of such order with­in the five (5) days upon the licensee.  The find­ings of the Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion­er shall be pred­i­cat­ed upon com­pe­tent evidence.