Proceedings to disqualify a workers' compensation judge under Labor Code Section 5311 shall be initiated by the filing of a petition for disqualification supported by an affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury stating in detail facts establishing grounds for disqualification of the workers' compensation judge to whom a case or proceeding has been assigned.
If the workers' compensation judge assigned to hear the matter and the grounds for disqualification are known, the petition for disqualification shall be filed not more than 10 days after service of notice of hearing. In no event shall any such petition be allowed after the swearing of the first witness.
A petition for disqualification shall be referred to and determined by a panel of three commissioners of the Appeals Board in the same manner as a petition for reconsideration.
NOTE: Authority cited: Section 5307, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 5310, 5311, Labor Code.
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