(a) In accordance with Labor Code section 5502, subd. (e) (2), the workers' compensation administrative law judge shall have authority to inquire into the adequacy and completeness, including provision for lien claims, of compromise and release agreements or stipulations with request for award or orders, and to issue orders approving compromise and release agreements or awards or orders based upon approved stipulations, to make orders and rulings regarding admission of evidence and discovery matters, including admission of offers of proof and stipulations of testimony where appropriate and necessary for resolution of the dispute by the workers' compensation administrative law judge, and may submit and decide the dispute on the record pursuant to the agreement of the parties. The workers' compensation administrative law judge shall not hear sworn testimony at any conference.
(b) The workers' compensation administrative law judge may continue a conference to a time certain to facilitate a specific resolution of the dispute subject to Labor Code section 5502, subd. (e)(1).
(c) Subject to the provisions of Labor Code section 5502.5, upon a showing of good cause, the workers' compensation administrative law judge may continue a mandatory settlement conference to a date certain, may continue it to a status conference on a date certain, or may take the case off calendar. In such a case, the workers' compensation administrative law judge shall note the reasons for the continuance or order taking off calendar in the minutes. The minutes shall be served on all parties and lien claimants, and their representatives.
(d) Absent resolution of the dispute, the parties shall file at the mandatory settlement conference a joint pre-trial conference statement setting forth the issues and stipulations for trial, witnesses, and exhibits.
(e) A summary of conference proceedings including the joint pre-trial conference statement and the disposition shall be filed by the workers' compensation administrative law judge in the adjudication file and shall be served on the parties and lien claimants.
|Note: Authority cited: Sections 127.5, 133, 5307(c) and 5502, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 5502 and 5502.5, Labor Code|
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