(a) A priority conference shall be set upon the filing of a declaration of readiness requesting a priority conference that shows that:
(1) the applicant is represented by an attorney and the issues in dispute include employment and/or injury arising out of and in the course of employment; or
(2) the applicant is or was employed by an illegally uninsured employer and the issues in dispute include employment and /or injury arising out of and in the course of employment.
(b) Upon a showing of good cause, a workers' compensation judge may continue the matter to a status conference. At each priority or status conference, the parties shall be prepared to set the matter for trial or to provide a plan to complete discovery.
(c) To the extent possible, all priority and status conferences in a case shall be conducted by the same workers' compensation judge. When discovery is complete, or when the workers' compensation judge determines that the parties have had sufficient time to complete reasonable discovery, the case shall be set for trial as expeditiously as possible.