|Michael F. Easley, Governor
Buck Lattimore, Chairman
Stephen T. Gheen
|Bernadine S. Ballance,
Thomas J. Bolch, Commissioner
Laura K. Mavretic, Commissioner
Renée C. Riggsbee, Commissioner
Christopher Scott, Commissioner
Dianne C. Sellers, Commissioner
TO: Workers Compensation Trial Bar
FROM: Stephen T. Gheen, Chief Deputy Commissioner
DATE: December 12, 2001
RE: February 2002 Cases For Docketing
We are posting on the Commission Web Page (http://www.comp.state.nc.us/), for the second time, on an experimental basis, the master list of cases identified for scheduling during February, 2002.
The cases identified for hearing are arranged by Region (Column 1). The Regions are: Region 1 – East; Region 2 – Middle; and Region 3 – West. The cases listed are then subgrouped by County (Column 2), and then by IC File Number (Column 3). You may search for a case by IC File Number by pressing the control and “F” keys on your computer. This will activate a “find” program. Simply type the IC File Number in the box and it will search for that number. You may also search by any other criteria in any column even though a visual search would appear to be more efficient except when looking for a particular IC File Number.
In response to the posting last month, most trial counsel responded that the master list would be of greater benefit if the names of parties were listed. At the current time, our computer does not generate party names as a part of the report. The master list is being posted for February in order that more comment from the trial bar and citizens can be received and evaluated.
The master list of Cases For Docketing provides counsel and parties approximately two to three weeks advance notice of cases being docketed compared to the anticipated date of receiving a published calendar. The list is not final as additions and deletions can be made to the master list at any time prior to a particular hearing docket being published. In addition, the list does not include a number of non-prisoner State Tort Claims that are being specially set.
If counsel or an unrepresented party believes that a case listed should not be set for hearing in February, 2002 for any reason other than the case should remain at the mediation stage, communication should be directed to the author immediately with proof that a copy of any communication has been directed to any opposing party. If a case needs to be removed because it should remain at the mediation stage, the communication should be directed to John Schafer, Mediation Coordinator. Parties who anticipate a mediation of their case after February, 2002 are particularly encouraged to notify the Commission that their case remains in mediation. Parties that are represented by counsel should have their counsel communicate with the Commission. Communication should be by facsimile transmission or email to the undersigned at the number and address listed above.
Your continued input is also solicited as to whether or not regular posting of the master list on a monthly basis would be a useful tool to counsel and unrepresented parties. Please direct your comments to the email address listed on this stationary. The extent of interest in and comments as to the usefulness of this posting will be strongly considered in whether or not the monthly service will become routine.
Go to Master List of Cases for Docketing,February 2002, by Deputy Commissioner Section
Go to Master List of Cases for Docketing, January 2002, by Deputy Commissioner Section
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