Section 10324. Ex Parte Communications.
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(a) No document, including letters or other writings, shall be filed by a party or lien claimant with the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board unless service of a copy thereof is made on all parties together with the filing of a proof of service as provided for in Rule 10505.
(b) When the Appeals Board or a workers' compensation judge receives an ex parte letter or other document from any party or lien claimant in a case pending before the Appeals Board or the workers' compensation judge, he, she, or it shall serve copies of the letter or document on all other parties to the case with a cover letter explaining that the letter or document was received ex parte in violation of this rule.
(c) No party or lien claimant shall discuss with the Appeals Board or a workers' compensation judge the merits of any case pending before the Appeals Board or that judge without the presence of all necessary parties to the proceeding, except as provided by these rules.
(d) All correspondence concerning the examination by and the reports of a physician appointed by a workers' compensation judge or the Appeals Board pursuant to Labor Code section 5701, 5703.5, 5706, or 5906 shall be made, respectively, through the workers' compensation judge or the Appeals Board, and no party, attorney or representative shall communicate with that physician regarding the merits of the case unless ordered to do so.
NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 133, 5307, 5309 and 5708, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 5701, 5703.5, 5706, 5708 and 5906, Labor Code.
1. Amendment filed 12-19-2002; operative 1-1-2003. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2002, No. 51).
2. Amendment of section and Note filed 11-17-2008; operative 11-17-2008. Submitted to OAL for printing only (Register 2008, No. 47).