CONTACTING THE COURT

If the parties involved in the workers' compensation dispute do not reach an agreement at Conciliation, the case can be referred on to a Conference before an Administrative Judge (AJ). Twenty-one AJ's preside over disputed workers' compensation cases from the Conference proceeding to the Hearing stage.

Conferences involve informal, non-evidentiary proceedings where each party (usually represented by an attorney) presents brief oral arguments and submits documents to support their side of the case. The AJ will issue a Temporary Order addressing the matter in dispute. Either party may appeal the order and request a Hearing.

Unlike the Conference, the Hearing is a formal proceeding where contested issues are heard de novo (without regard to what happened at the Conference) under the Massachusetts Rules of Evidence, and the prescribed DIA Regulations. A court stenographer is assigned to record the Hearing. After the Hearing concludes, and all motions are ruled on and necessary depositions are filed, the AJ issues a formal Hearing Decision containing findings of facts and rulings of law.

TEL: (413) 784-1133
FAX: (413) 784-1138

       

 JUDGES AND ASSISTANT

         Judge Cheryl Jacques

              Cases with last Names A - L:                   
                      Gail Murawski, ext. 3808 
                       Gail.Murawski@massmail.state.ma.us

              Cases with last Names M - Z:                    
                      Marcia Wearing, ext. 3806
                       Marcia.Wearing@massmail.state.ma.us

Judge Cristina Poulter

     Cases with Last Names A - L:             
             Gail Murawski, ext. 3808 
             Gail.Murawski@massmail.state.ma.us

     Cases with Last Names M - Z:              
              Marcia Wearing, ext. 3806
              Marcia.Wearing@massmail.state.ma.us

Judge Steven Rose

     Cases with Last Names A - L:              
              Gail Murawski, ext. 3808 
              Gail.Murawski@massmail.state.ma.us

     Cases with Last Names M - Z:               
               Marcia Wearing, ext. 3806
               Marcia.Wearing@massmail.state.ma.us

 

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS

Gloria Urbina, ext. 3813 
Gloria.Urbina@massmail.state.ma.us

Laurie Beaudry, ext. 3812
Laurie.Beaudry@massmail.state.ma.us