Responding to the growing COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Division of Workers’ Compensation and the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board will begin limiting court appearances to protect health and safety of staff and the public. It is also limiting all filing to only electronic versions through the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS).
“DWC will not accept walk-through documents or walk-in filings until the district offices reopen for filing purposes,” the Division announced this morning. At this point the ban on in-person filings will run through April 3, but may yet be extended. The Division says settlement documents and petitions can also be mailed to the district office where the case is filed.
Between March 17 and March 20, the DWC district offices will only hear expedited hearings. All other hearings are being continued and parties will receive new hearing dates within five business days.
Expedited hearings will continue to be heard between March 23 and April 3 at the district offices, but status conferences, mandatory settlement conference and priority conferences will only be held via the CourtCall teleconference service. If all parties do not appear on CourtCall, then the case will be continued and notice given. “All other hearings will be continued. No trials or lien conference will be heard during this time,” the Division says.
Courts at all levels throughout the land are taking similar steps.