On August 12, 2020, the Division of Workers’ Compensation announced on its Newsline that
“Beginning August 17, DWC will have a video option available for trials and expedited hearings only. Parties will continue to use individually assigned judges’ conference lines on the day of trial. However, judges will have the option of conducting the trial through the judge’s virtual courtroom if needed. If that is required, the judge will provide a link to the parties allowing them to log into the video platform.
DWC will be using the video platform called LifeSize. Stakeholders should download the software prior to a hearing where a video option may become necessary. Neither DWC nor LifeSize will charge for participants to use the platform. However, parties will need to have certain system requirements to fully participate in the video option. Parties will also need to have a web camera. Participants without access to a web camera may use a smart phone with the program, although it is not recommended. Additional information on LifeSize and how to use the program may be found on the DWC website.”
For the benefit of the readers of the CLA Workers’ Compensation Section Enews, the WC section hereby provides the link to the DWC Lifesize video platform guide: https://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/DWC_address/Lifesize-outside-user-guide.pdf