When you request a Contested Hearing you deny you committed the infraction(s). The city must prove by a preponderance of the evidence that you committed the infraction. A Contested Hearing is similar to a mini-trial. You have the right to subpoena the officer or any witness that may assist you. All witnesses must be subpoenaed no later than 14 days before the hearing. You must also submit the list of witnesses to the City Prosecutor. The Prosecutor has the right to represent the City of Gig Harbor if he/she chooses. You must appear in person at a contested hearing. Hearings by mail are not allowed for contested hearings.