Chapter 4. Attachments of California Labor Code >> Division 4. >> Part 4. >> Chapter 4.
The appeals board may, upon the filing of an application by
or on behalf of an injured employee, the employee's dependents, or
any other party in interest, direct the clerk of the superior court
of any county to issue writs of attachment authorizing the sheriff to
attach the property of the defendant as security for the payment of
any compensation which may be awarded in any of the following cases:
(a) In any case mentioned in Section 415.50 of the Code of Civil
(b) Where the employer has failed to secure the payment of
compensation as required by Article 1 (commencing with Section 3700)
of Chapter 4 of Part 1.
The attachment shall be in an amount fixed by the appeals board,
not exceeding the greatest probable award against the defendant in
The provisions of Title 6.5 (commencing with Section 481.010)
of Part 2 of the Code of Civil Procedure, as far as applicable,
shall govern the proceedings upon attachment, the appeals board being
substituted therein for the proper court.
No writ of attachment shall be issued except upon the order
of the appeals board. Such order shall not be made where it appears
from the application or affidavit in support thereof that the
employer was, at the time of the injury to the employee, insured
against liability imposed by this division by any insurer. If, at any
time after the levying of an attachment, it appears that such
employer was so insured, and the requisites for dismissing the
employer from the proceeding and substituting the insurer as
defendant under any method prescribed by this division are
established, the appeals board shall forthwith discharge the
In levying attachments preference shall be given to the real
property of the employer.