Update: CRCICA Further Measures and Services during COVID-19
In light of the current international situation, the measures and lockdown implemented by the Host state, CRCICA is taking the following precautionary measures starting from 31 March 2020.
1. CRCICA premises will remain closed until Saturday 11 April 2020.
2. Case Management services are fully operational, CRCICA staff is working remotely.
3. Exceptionally, the Centre premises will be open on Wednesday 1st April 2020 and Wednesday 8 April 2020 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a very limited number of employees, to receive written submissions impossible to be delivered by electronic means of communication and arbitral awards.
The following measures still apply:
- Use email to file notices of arbitration, written submissions and exhibits. If this is impossible, written submissions with exhibits shall be submitted on USB Flash-drive, on the dates where CRCICA premises will be open to receive submissions and awards.
- Conduct meetings amongst the members of the tribunal and/or the Parties, procedural hearings or deliberations virtually.
- In application of their authority to decide on the appropriate manner to conduct the arbitral proceedings provided for in Articles 17.1 and 17.2 of CRCICA’s Arbitration Rules (the “Rules”), arbitral tribunals are also strongly encouraged to direct the Parties to use electronic means of communications for their communication with the tribunal and/or Parties and for the filing of any written submissions.
- CRCICA also wishes to draw the users’ and the arbitral tribunals’ attention to the following provisions of the Rules, and strongly encourages their application in these exceptional circumstances:
Article 17.3 of the Rules, which reads: “If at an appropriate stage of the proceedings any party so requests, the arbitral tribunal shall hold hearings for the presentation of evidence by witnesses, including expert witnesses, or for oral argument. In the absence of such a request, the arbitral tribunal shall decide whether to hold such hearings or whether the proceedings shall be conducted on the basis of documents and other materials.”[Emphasis added].
Article 28.4 of the Rules, which reads: “The arbitral tribunal may direct that witnesses, including expert witnesses, be examined through means of telecommunication that do not require their physical presence at the hearing (such as video conference).
CRCICA will keep all the users updates of any developments or changes in this plan.
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