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amicus briefs because we are aware that our en banc decision has been the subject of much comment and debate in the workers’ compensation community and even the broader public. Therefore, we infer there may be significant interest in filing amicus briefs. Also, we believe that amicus curiae briefs may aid our deliberations by giving us a broader perspective on the issues, by assisting us in analyzing those issues, and by helping to ensure that all sides of those issues are fairly and completely presented. (In re Marriage Cases (2008) 43 Cal.4th 757, 792, fn. 10; Preserve Shorecliff Homeowners v. City of San Clemente (2008) 158 Cal.App.4th 1427, 1435.) However, any interested person or entity filing an amicus curiae brief must file a single document that relates jointly to both Almaraz and Guzman, i.e., we will not accept separate amicus briefs in each case. The amicus briefs shall not exceed 15 pages and they shall comply with the form and size requirements of Rule 10845(a) (see § 10232(a)(1) through (a)(5) and (a)(11)), except, as above, the amicus briefs need not comply with the provisions of Rule 10845(a) that relate to document folding and stapling, document cover sheets, and documents separator sheets (see § 10232(a)(11) and (b)). Any amicus brief not complying with all of these requirements shall not be accepted for filing or deemed filed and will be discarded without notification to the filing person or entity. We note that, for the benefit of any potential amicus, we have posted copies of SCIF’s petition for reconsideration and request for judicial notice and of applicant’s answer on our website at http://www.dir.ca.gov/wcab/wcab_info_wcc.htm.

After the period for filing amicus briefs has elapsed, counsel in the Almaraz and Guzman cases will each be given until 5pm on Thursday, May 21, 2009 to file a reply brief that responds to all of the amicus briefs – that is, each counsel may file a single consolidated reply brief. The reply briefs shall not exceed 15 pages and they shall comply with the form and size requirements of Rule 10845(a) (see § 10232(a)(1) through (a)(5) and (a)(11)), except, as above, they need not comply with the provisions of Rule 10845(a) that relate to document folding and stapling, document cover sheets, and documents separator sheets (see § 10232(a)(11) and (b)). The parties’ replies to the amicus briefs shall be served on their opposing counsel in the Almaraz and Guzman cases, respectively, but the replies need not be served on amicus.

ALMARAZ, Mario & GUZMAN, Joyce

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