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Chapter 4.5. Division of Workers' Compensation
Subchapter 2. Workers' Compensation Appeals Board--Rules and Practice Procedure
Article 8. Hearings

New Query

§ 10563. Appearances Required of Parties to Case-in-Chief.

(a) Each party as defined by section 10301(dd)(1) and (2) (i.e., an injured employee, a dependent, or a defendant) shall appear or have an attorney or other representative appear at all hearings pertaining to the case-in-chief. This section shall not apply to lien conferences or lien trials.
(b) Each party shall have a person available with settlement authority at all hearings. This person need not be present if the party's attorney or other representative is present and can obtain immediate authority by telephone.
(c) A represented injured employee or dependent shall personally appear at any mandatory settlement conference.
(d) Any appearance required by this rule may be excused by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board. Any appearance not required by this rule may be ordered by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.
Note: Authority cited: Sections 133, 5307, 5309 and 5708, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 5502 and 5700, Labor Code.
1. New section filed 10-14-2014; operative 1-1-2015 (Register 2014, No. 42). For prior history, see Register 2008, No. 47.

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