Section 10346. Assignment or Transfer of Cases.
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(a) The presiding workers' compensation judge has full responsibility for the assignment of cases to the workers' compensation judges of each office. The presiding workers' compensation judge may utilize EAMS to assign cases. The presiding workers' compensation judge shall transfer to another workers' compensation judge the proceedings on any case in the event of the death, extended absence, unavailability, or disqualification of the workers' compensation judge to whom it has been assigned, and may otherwise reassign those cases if no oral testimony has been received therein, or if the requirements of Labor Code Section 5700 have been waived. To the extent practicable and fair, supplemental proceedings shall be assigned to the workers' compensation judge who heard the original proceedings.
(b) Any conflict that may arise between presiding workers' compensation judges of different offices respecting assignment of a case, venue, or priority of hearing where there is conflict in calendar settings will be resolved by a deputy commissioner of the Appeals Board.
(c) If a compromise and release or stipulations with request for award have not been approved, disapproved, or noticed for trial on the issue of adequacy and other disputed issues within 45 days after filing, the file shall be transferred to the presiding judge for review.
NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 133, 5307, 5309 and 5708, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 5309 and 5310, Labor Code.
1. Amendment of section and Note filed 12-19-2002; operative 1-1-2003. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section11351 (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).