(1) Appeals of determinations by the Department of Labor and Industry regarding interim benefits under 39-71-610, MCA, may be presented to the court in letter form. The court initially addresses such appeals informally through telephone conference involving all parties.
(2) If any party objects to informal resolution of a dispute under 39-71-610, MCA, the court holds a formal evidentiary hearing on an expedited basis. Such hearing may be conducted through telephone conference if all parties agree. If requested by any party, the court promptly holds an in-person hearing in Helena or, at the court's discretion, in some other venue at a date and time set by the court.