Title 37, Chapter 3, Section 84
(a) One or more hearing examiners shall be appointed by the Justices of the Supreme Court to hold the hearings under Code Section 37-3-83. Such hearing examiners shall be members of the State Bar of Georgia and shall be compensated by the department.
(b) The hearing examiners shall have the authority to:
(1) Administer oaths and affirmations;
(2) Sign and issue subpoenas;
(3) Rule upon offers of proof;
(4) Regulate the course of the hearing;
(5) Provide for the taking of testimony by deposition;
(6) Reprimand or exclude from the hearing any person for any
indecorous or improper conduct committed in the presence of the
hearing examiner; and
(7) Make all appropriate orders authorized by this chapter.
(c) If a subpoena issued by the hearing examiner is disobeyed, the
hearing examiner may apply to the superior court of the county in
which the hearing is held for an order requiring obedience. Failure
to comply with such order shall be cause for punishment as for
contempt of court.
(d) In the event a patient desires counsel in a hearing before the
hearing examiner but cannot afford such counsel, the hearing
examiner shall apply to the court of the county in which the hearing
is held and that court shall appoint counsel for the patient.
Payment for such representation shall be made by the county of the
patient's legal residence.