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PRIORITY CONFERENCE

Labor Code §5502 provides, in relevant part, "(c)...a priority conference calendar for cases in which the employee is represented by an attorney and the issues in dispute are employment or injury arising out of employment or in the course of employment. The conference shall be conducted by a workers' compensation administrative law judge within 30 days after the declaration of readiness to proceed. If the dispute cannot be resolved at the conference, a trial shall be set as expeditiously as possible....

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Labor Code "cases in which the employee is represented by an attorney and the issues in dispute are employment or injury arising out of employment or in the course of employment."  LC §5502   
Regulations/Rules Defined in 8 CCR §10301(z):  "Priority conference" means a proceeding in which the applicant is represented by an attorney and the issues in dispute at the time of the proceeding include employment and/or injury arising out of and in the course of employment. 8 CCR §10301(z)  
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Practice Tips  Prepare for the priority conference as though it were a Mandatory Settlement Conference. Have a Pre-Trial Conference Statement Form completed as much as possible, and have your Settlement Analyzer and Issues & Evidence spreadsheet up to date.     
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