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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 2. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board--Rules and Practice Procedure
Article 2. Powers, Duties and Responsibilities

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§10351. Conference Hearings: Appointment and Authority of Pro Tempore Workers' Compensation Judges.

A pro tempore workers' compensation judge shall in any case filed have the same power as a workers' compensation judge to conduct conference hearings, including mandatory settlement conferences, rating mandatory settlement conferences and status conferences; to inquire into the adequacy of and to approve compromise and release agreements; to approve stipulated findings and to issue appropriate awards based on the stipulations; to frame stipulations and issues and make interim and interlocutory orders at the conference hearing.

The presiding workers' compensation judge may assign a pro tempore workers' compensation judge to any conference hearing calendar including rating mandatory settlement conferences or status conferences. The name of the pro tempore workers' compensation judge shall appear on the notice of hearing. Failure to object to the assignment within five days of service of notice of conference hearing shall constitute a waiver of any objection to proceeding before the pro tempore workers' compensation judge assigned to the mandatory settlement conference hearing, rating mandatory settlement conference or status conference


Authority cited: Sections 133 and 5307, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 123.7, 5309 and 5310, Labor Code.


1. New section filed 5-25-82; designated effective 7-1-82 (Register 82, No. 22).

2. Amendment of section and Note filed 12-19-2002; operative 1-1-2003. Submitted to OAL for printing only pursuant to Government Code section 11351 (Register 2002, No. 51).

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