Unless otherwise instructed by the panel before which a case is pending, the workers' compensation judge to whom the case has been assigned for further proceedings may rule on requests for postponement, continuance of further hearing, join additional parties, dismiss unnecessary parties where such dismissal is not opposed by any other party to the case, make all interlocutory or procedural orders that are agreed to by all parties, issue subpoenas, rule on motions for discovery, rule on all evidentiary motions and objections, and make all other rulings necessary to expedite and facilitate the trial and disposition of the case. The workers' compensation judge shall not order a medical examination, obtain a recommended disability evaluation, make an order taking the case off calendar, nor make an order approving or disapproving compromise and release.
Authority cited: Sections 133 and 5307, Labor Code. Reference: Sections 5309 and 5313, Labor Code.
1. 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).