The brief enforcement hearing is used to adjudicate cases when the charges are relatively minor and the facts are not in dispute. The maximum penalty that may be assessed is $1,000.

The Chair of the Public Disclosure Commission, or another Commissioner, presides over the hearing instead of the full Commission. A Commission staff member typically presents the case. Respondents are encouraged to appear and participate in the hearing. Appearing in person is best, but when that is not possible the presiding officer will accommodate telephone participation or accept a written statement.