Electronic Case Filing Trainings
The WCA's e-filing system begins January 1, 2018 and its use will be mandatory for all represented parties. All represented parties are required to use the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system to file court documents online in all workers' compensation cases. Workers and employers who are unrepresented are not required to e-file, but are encouraged to do so.
Before you begin e-filing, review of the newly updated relevant rules of the court is highly recommended. The rules for e-filing a WCA complaint can be found on the WCA website under WCA Rules and Statutes (126.96.36.199 Claims Resolution (effective 1/1/2018)).
The WCA will hold training sessions for ECF on the following days and times. Please plan to attend one of the training times listed to learn how to access this system..
Wednesday 12/13/2017 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday 12/14/2017 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Wednesday 12/20/2017 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday 12/21/2017 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Wednesday 12/27/2017 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Thursday 12/28/2017 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
There is no need to pre-register for any of the sessions. There should be plenty of space available in the Albuquerque office, and/or at any of our six field offices. At this time, we only have the capability to video conference from our main (Albuquerque) office to our six field offices. We also hope to have a system user guide available on our website soon.
Once training commences, the option to E-File is available pursuant to Rule 4 (see: http://www.workerscomp.nm.gov/WCA-Rules-and-Statutes) prior to it being mandatory on January 1, 2018.
Additionally, please note that pursuant to Rule 4, insurance carriers that provide workers' compensation coverage in the state of New Mexico, as well as individuals who are parties (including attorneys and/or adjusters) to a case, shall provide the WCA with a single general delivery and e-mail address (not tied to an individual) for service of process prior to January 1, 2018 (See Rule 188.8.131.52 B. (3)). Please send this information to: WCA.Helpdesk@state.nm.us as soon as possible, but certainly before Jan. 1, 2018.
Comments Sought on Judge Reappointment
Judge Rachel Bayless's is being considered for reappointment once her term expires on April 8, 2018. Written comments regarding her performance will be taken through 5 p.m. Friday, December 29. Read more.
Following a public comment period, including a public hearing on October 27, 2017, the director of the Workers’ Compensation Administration has repealed rule 11.4.4 NMAC titled Workers’ Compensation – Claims Resolution and replaced it with a new 11.4.4 NMAC, titled Workers’ Compensation – Claims Resolution, adopted November 13, 2017 and effective January 1, 2018. NMSA 1978, Sections §§ 52-5-4 (2003) and 52-4-3 (1990) authorize the director to adopt reasonable rules, regulations, and fee schedules.
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