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(1) The Director of Finance shall constitute Code Violation Appeals Panels which shall consist of one (1) or more persons, but in no event shall the Code Violation Hearing Examiner from whose decision the appeal is taken be included in the panel determining said appeal.
(2) An appeal from a determination of any Code Violation Hearing Examiner after a hearing on a plea denying liability, or from a determination denying a motion to reopen any matter, shall be submitted to an Appeals Panel which shall have power to review the facts and the law, and shall have power to affirm the determination or to reverse or modify any determination appealed from error of fact or law, or to remand for additional proceedings, or, in appropriate cases, to hear the matter de novo.
(3) A party aggrieved by the final determination of a Code Violation Hearing Examiner may obtain a review thereof by serving upon the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication within thirty (30) days of the entry of such final determination, a notice of appeal on a form provided by the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication shall be made by certified or registered mail, return receipt requested. Upon receipt of such notice of appeal, the Finance Director's Office shall furnish to the appellant, upon request and at the appellant's expense, a transcript of the original hearing. No appeal shall be conducted less than ten (10) days after the mailing of the transcript to the appellant.
(4) Appeals shall be conducted in the presence of the appellant or his attorney, or both, if such right of appearance is expressly requested by the appellant in his notice of appeal and upon his complying with the regulations of the Director of Finance. If the appellant elects to appear, the Bureau of Administrative Adjudication, within thirty (30) days after the receipt of the notice of appeal, shall advise the appellant, either personally or by ordinary first class mail, of the date on which he shall appear. No appeal shall be conducted less than ten (10) days after the mailing of such notification. A record shall be made of any de novo hearings on appeal, and recording devices may be used for such purposes. The appellant shall be notified in writing of the decision of the Code Violation Appeals Panel.
(5) The order of a Code Violation Appeals Panel shall be the final order of the Finance Director's Office. However, in the event that no appeal is taken, the order of the Code Violation Hearing Examiner shall be the final order. If payment is not made within thirty (30) days after entry of a final order determining liability for a parking violation and fixing fines, costs and additional fees for such violation, such fines, costs and additional fees shall be considered a debt due and owing the City.