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The Iowa Division of Workers' Compensation (DWC) requires parties to electronically file (eFile) intended exhibits on the Workers' Compensation Electronic System (WCES).

Exhibits in Arbitration Hearings

Exhibits in arbitration hearings should comply with the DWC's Uniform Guidelines on the Preparation of Hearing Exhibits.

Exhibits in Alternate Care Hearings

Page Limit

Each party may submit up to ten (10) pages of exhibits.

eFile on WCES

All exhibits must be eFiled on WCES before the scheduled alternate care hearing.

Exchange With All Other Parties

Parties must exchange all exhibits with all opposing parties before the scheduled alternate care hearing.

Objections & Motions

Any objections or motion relating to intended exhibits in an alternate care hearing will be considered by the presiding deputy commissioner at the hearing.


Parties should label their exhibits as follows.


The claimant's exhibits are labeled numerically. Example:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.


Defense exhibits are labeled alphabetically. Example:  A, B, C, D, E, F.


Joint exhibits, if any, are labeled numerically. Example:  JE 1, JE 2, JE 3, JE 4, JE 5, JE 6.

Page Numbering

Each page of every exhibit shall be numbered with the appropriate exhibit letter (claimant and joint) or letter (defendant(s)) and the page number.


Example of page numbering for the claimant's exhibits:  1-1, 1-2, 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 3-6, 3-7, 3-8, 3-9, 4-10.


Example of page numbering for the defense exhibits:  A-1, B-2, B-3, B-4, B-5, B-6, C-7, C-8, D-9, E-10.


Example of page numbering for joint exhibits:  JE 1-1, JE 2-2, JE 2-3, JE 2-4, JE 3-5, JE 3-6, JE 4-7, JE 4-8, JE 4-9, JE 5-10.

Non-Documentary Evidence

A party may submit evidence that is not a document, such as video or audio.

Any such evidence must be eFiled on WCES and labeled as an exhibit numerically or alphabetically.