Petitions - where to file

Alternative Filing during COVID-19

In light of the continued state of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and pursuant to the Appeals Board’s en banc order issued on April 6, 2020, documents intended for the Appeals Board, Office of the Commissioners may be sent to WCABEmergencyBox@dir.ca.gov.

Petitions for reconsideration, removal, disqualification and answers should be filed in EAMS or with the district office having venue.

For information about sending documents subject to a statutory time limit by email to a district office, please refer to the en banc order and to the District Office page for more information.

Filing of petitions for reconsideration, petition for removal

Except as provided in WCAB Rules 10990 and 10590, petitions for reconsideration, removal, or disqualification and answers thereto may be filed in the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) or with the district office having venue. However, duplicate copies of petitions or answers shall not also be filed with any other district office or with the Office of the Commissioners of the Appeals Board in San Francisco.

Petitions for reconsideration and answers thereto in “carve-out” cases (see Rule 10990) and petitions appealing Labor Code section 129.5(g) audit penalty assessments and answers thereto (see Rule 10590) shall be filed only with the Office of the Commissioners of the Appeals Board in San Francisco.

The Appeals Board's PO box address and location are as follows:

Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
Post Office Box 429459
San Francisco CA 94142-9459
Workers' Compensation Appeals Board
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 9th Floor
San Francisco CA 94102

*To view addresses of various DWC district offices located throughout the state, click on the name of the office in the list below:

Petition for writ of review (See Labor Code Section 5950, et seq.)

A party aggrieved by a final decision of the Appeals Board may apply to the court of appeal for the appellate district in which the party resides for a writ of review.

April 2020