Alternate Dispute Resolution
The Office of Adjudication provides settlement conferences, voluntary mediations and informal conferences in litigated workers' compensation cases. These services are provided by workers' compensation judges at no cost to the parties.
Whenever a party files a petition with the Office of Adjudication, the assigned workers' compensation judge will schedule the case for mediation. This mediation is mandatory unless the judge concludes that it would be futile.
In addition to mandatory mediation, the parties may request voluntary mediation sessions, a settlement conference or an informal conference. To schedule a voluntary mediation session, one of the parties should submit the request in WCAIS and include the requested mediating Judge. Requests for informal conferences under Section 402.1 of the act can be made by filing a Request for Informal Conference in WCAIS.