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Yesterday the California Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) announced proposed court administrator regulations for the Electronic Adjudication Management System (EAMS) to explain the new procedures for filing documents, serving documents, electronically signing documents, submitting evidence, and viewing EAMS case files. According to the DWC, "EAMS is a computer based system that will simplify and improve the DWC’s case management process to more efficiently resolve claims, improve the ability to schedule and manage court calendars, allow files to be shared between multiple users and transform paper files into secure electronic files, reducing the need for physical storage space at local DWC offices and the State Records Center."
Some initial observations are:
In the coming days and weeks, as we begin to dissect the proposed regulations, we'll have more questions and comments about them and about EAMS in general. Expert commentary on EAMS will be posted soon to www.lexis.com and excerpted here on the LexisNexis Insurance Law Center. Stay tuned!
The DWC forum is located at http://www.dir.ca.gov/WCJudicial.htm. Click on "current forums" at the top of the page. The public comment period for the proposed regulations runs through November 21, 2007.
Note: The set of regulations that fall under the jurisdiction of the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) will be posted on the WCAB Forum website in the near future.
For more information, see my earlier blog California EAMS: Talking 'Bout a Revolution at http://law.lexisnexis.com/blogs/Insurance/California-Division-of-Workers-Compensation-EAMS-Talking-Bout-a-Revolution