This is an update on CRCICA precautionary measures starting from 31 May and until further notice:
1. From Sunday 31 May 2020 until Thursday 11 June 2020, CRCICA premises will be open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
2. From Sunday 14 June 2020 until further notice, CRCICA premises will be open on Sundays and Wednesdays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Users may request holding hearing at CRCICA on Tuesdays.
Measures and Precautions to hold hearings and case meetings at CRCICA during COVID19:
- CRCICA recommends to conduct meetings amongst the members of the tribunal and/or the Parties, procedural hearings or deliberations virtually. Procedural Orders may be issued after consultation with the Parties instead of conducting procedural hearings.
- Case meetings and deliberations may be conducted at CRCICA premises provided that the number of attendees does not exceed five persons.
- Hearings on the merits may also be held at CRCICA premises, provided that the number of each party’s representatives does not exceed three persons if the hearing is held at Dr. Abou El Enein hearing room. The number of parties’ representatives should not exceed two persons if the hearing is held at other hearing rooms.
- Attendees must use protective face masks during their presence at the premises. They should also use hand sanitizers available at the premises and comply with any mitigating risk measures implemented by CRCICA including measurement of body temperature.
- Attendees should maintain physical distancing during their meeting as well as during their presence at the premises
The following recommendations and measures still apply:
1- 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-drives and hard copies, on the dates where CRCICA premises will be open to receive notices, submissions and awards. Cases filed by Notices of Arbitration submitted electronically will be deemed registered on the date of the Centre's receipt of the amount of the registration fee in its bank account.
2- 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 and to hold hearings.
3- 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.”
- 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 updated of any developments or changes in this plan.
For further inquiries, please write to: Info@crcica.org and/or email@example.com