COVID-19: DWC and WCAB Announce Expanded Hearing Schedule to Include Trials
Beginning May 4
The DWC and WCAB announced today they will begin hearing all case-in-chief trials via the individually assigned judges' conference lines beginning May 4.

All mandatory settlement conferences, priority conferences, status conferences and expedited hearings will continue to be heard telephonically, also through the individually assigned judges' conference lines.

District offices will continue to refrain from holding in-person hearings and the DWC will continue to not accept walk-through documents, walk-in filings or in-person requests. All lien trials and lien conferences will be continued during this time. 

Further instruction on trial exhibits and continuing filing procedures below:

Trial Exhibits starting May 4
Unless so ordered prior to the day of trial, parties shall be instructed on the day of trial by the assigned workers’ compensation judge of the method and timing of filing of exhibits (8 Cal. Code of Regs. 10787(b)).

Parties shall not email trial exhibits to DWC or WCAB, unless so ordered by the workers’ compensation judge.

Continuing Filing Procedures
DWC will not accept walk-in filings, walk-through documents, or in-person requests at this time. DWC will only accept electronic filing via EAMS and JET File, and paper filing by U.S. mail.

DWC will accept limited email filings pursuant to WCAB’s en banc dated April 6 and its Newsline issued on April 23 . Email filings are limited to documents that are subject to a statute of limitations that cannot otherwise be efiled, JET filed, or filed by U.S. mail.

DWC will continue to accept an electronic signature on any settlement documents, applications, pleadings, petitions or motions that are sent to the district offices or filed in EAMS. For all e-forms, parties should utilize “S signature” as shown in the E-forms Filing Reference Guide and the JET File Business Rules .

To view the DIR Newsline announcement in full, click here .