INFORMATION RE APRIL 24, 2020 COMPENSATION REVIEW BOARD HEARINGS
In order to comply with the social distancing measures made necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19 and the existing measures taken by the Workers' Compensation Commission to dramatically reduce the need for in person hearings, the Compensation Review Board is now offering the following alternatives for the scheduled April 24, 2020 CRB docket.
- Parties may file a motion to postpone oral argument. As always, we ask the parties to communicate if they are in agreement as to the postponement. Requests to postpone will be generally favored.
- As always, parties may choose to waive oral argument and proceed on the basis of the papers submitted in the prosecution or defense of the scheduled appeal. It will be up to each party to individually decide if this is how they wish to proceed. Stated another way, if one side wishes to waive oral argument, the other side may choose to participate in oral argument. Thus, the legal argument of the party waiving oral argument will be considered on the basis of the papers submitted, and the oral argument of the other party will go forward as stated below.
- Oral argument will be conducted via telephonic conferencing. We anticipate utilizing procedures that are similar to those used for district office hearings. In order to facilitate the process please email to Jackie Sellars at the Compensation Review Board the telephone number at which you may be reached for the telephone conference. Her email address is Jackie.Sellars@ct.gov.
We envision that parties who participate in oral argument should anticipate a conference call at some point during the time period their appeal is slotted to be heard. E.G., if you are scheduled for a 9:00 AM hearing be prepared to participate in a conference call starting at some time between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM.
We know that these are challenging times for all of us. We also know that our ability to accommodate your needs will be dependent on both our levels of staffing and consequently, may be subject to change. We appreciate your patience and understanding.