If the parties are first notified of the identity of the workers' compensation judge assigned for trial or expedited hearing by a notice of trial served by mail, to exercise the right to automatic reassignment a party must file a petition requesting reassignment not more than five (5) days after the service of the notice of trial or expedited hearing. The presiding judge or a person designated by the presiding judge shall rule on any petition for automatic reassignment. If a petition for automatic reassignment is granted, a new notice of trial or expedited hearing shall be served.
If the parties are first notified of the identity of the workers' compensation judge assigned for trial at a mandatory settlement conference, at a status conference, at a lien conference, at a priority conference, or upon reassignment at the time of trial, to exercise the right to automatic reassignment a party must make an oral motion immediately upon learning the name of the judge to whom the case has been assigned for trial. The motion shall be acted upon immediately by the presiding workers' compensation judge or a person designated by the presiding judge.
In no event shall any motion or petition for reassignment be entertained after the swearing of the first witness at a trial or expedited hearing.
If a party files a petition or makes a motion for automatic reassignment and no other workers' compensation judge is available in the office, the assignment shall be made by a deputy commissioner of the Appeals Board.
Unless required for the convenience of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board, no continuance shall be granted by reason of a petition or motion under this section. If a continuance is granted, another trial or expedited hearing shall be scheduled as early as possible.
Consolidated cases are to be considered as one case within the meaning of this section. This section is not applicable to conference hearings.
Authority cited: Section 5307, Labor Code. Reference: Section 5310, Labor Code.
1. Editorial correction filed 2-2-83 (Register 83, No. 6).
2. Amendment of section heading, 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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