(a) A party, a lien claimant, or an attorney or other representative for a party or lien claimant may access and view specific adjudication files in which the party, lien claimant, attorney, or representative is a case participant except as provided for in section 10208.6.
(b) Except as otherwise prohibited by law or sections 10208.6 and 10272, any person may inspect the contents of any electronic adjudication file at any district office, whether or not the district office has venue over the case.
(c) Except as otherwise prohibited by law or sections 10208.6 and 10272, any person may inspect the contents of any paper adjudication file at the district office or office of the appeals board where the file is located during regular office hours.
(d) The paper adjudication file and the records and documents contained therein may not be removed from the district office or the office of the appeals board for copying or for any other purpose.
(e) Copying operators must operate their equipment in the room assigned to them and any person copying a paper adjudication file must put papers back in the file in their original order and any person viewing or copying a file must return the file in the same order and condition in which it was received.
(f) A paper adjudication file shall not be sent from one office to another for inspection except for good cause by order of a workers' compensation administrative law judge or the appeals board and upon the payment of a fee required by California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 9990. At the request of a party to the case, or his or her attorney, a paper adjudication file that has been transferred to a record storage center for storage will be made available for inspection through the office from which the file was transferred. Paper adjudication files that have been transferred to a record storage center will be made available for inspection by any other person upon payment of the fee required by California Code of Regulations, title 8, section 9990.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 111, 133, 138.7 and 5307.3, Labor Code; and Stats. 2011, c. 559, §17 (A.B. 1426). Reference: Sections 126, 127 and 5502, Labor Code.
1. New article 6 (sections 10208.5-10208.7) and renumbering of former section 10270 to new section 10208.5, including amendment of subsections (a)-(c) and Note, filed 12-10-2012 as a change without regulatory effect pursuant to section 100, title 1, California Code of Regulations by the Division of Workers' Compensation and as a file and print by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2012, No. 50).
2. Renumbering of article 6 to article 8 filed 12-31-2012 as an emergency; operative 1-1-2013 pursuant to Government Code section 11346.1(d) (Register 2013, No. 1). A Certificate of Compliance must be transmitted to OAL by 7-1-2013 or emergency language will be repealed by operation of law on the following day.