DWC Plans to Open Santa Barbara Satellite Office in December

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) announced plans toopen a satellite office in Santa Barbara to provide access to injuredworkers previously served by the Goleta district office.The new Santa Barbara satellite office location has not yet beenfinalized, but is expected to open in December. DWC staff will includea judge, an Information and Assistance (I&A) Officer, and a secretary.Initially, hearings will be scheduled four days a week. Additionaldetails, including the satellite office address and hours, will beforthcoming.DWC announced on September 19 it would merge the Goleta officewith its Oxnard location, about 45 miles south in neighboring VenturaCounty. Hearings will continue in Goleta through November 18. Oncethe calendaring process in Santa Barbara begins, parties may requestthat cases currently set in Oxnard be transferred to Santa Barbara.Attorneys are also encouraged to utilize Court Call, which is a servicethat enables appearance by phone at conferences. Further detailsregarding the rescheduling of hearings will be announced in the comingweeks.

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