CRCICA recognizes the increasing uncertainty resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak, and is monitoring the situation in light of the WHO reports and the measures announced by the relevant local authorities.
CRCICA’s first priority is to guarantee the health and safety of its employees, users and their families. It also believes it has a role to play in combatting the outbreak. To achieve these goals, CRCICA implemented a number of urgent measures.
1- CRCICA Operation:
a- The Centre will be closed during the period starting from Saturday 21 March 2020 until Tuesday 31 March 2020 and the employees will be working remotely.
b- Exceptionally, and unless a lockdown is decided by the host state, the Centre will be open on Tuesday 24 March 2020 with a very limited number of employees to receive any written submission impossible to be delivered by electronic means of communication.
2- Events and Meetings:
a- All events, seminars, training sessions and gatherings shall be suspended until further notice
b- All meetings shall be held virtually.
c- The dates of CRCICA’s conference celebrating its 40th anniversary planned to be held on 21 and 22 June 2020 remain, until now, unchanged. Since the Conference is to be held in three months time, we hope that the virus will be contained and the situation back to normal at the domestic and international levels.
In any event, CRCICA adopts a wait-and-see approach, and will continue to update the users on any development in light of the measures to be announced and implemented by the international and local authorities. If the Conference is to be postponed, CRCICA will announce it in due course.
3- Case Management:
In order to continue CRCICA’s operation in the administration of arbitration and mediation cases, potential users, parties and arbitral tribunals in ongoing proceedings are strongly encouraged to:
a- Use email to file notices of arbitration, written submissions and exhibits. If this is impossible, awards and written submissions with exhibits shall be submitted on USB Flash-drive, with a signed and dated cover letters on Tuesday 24 March 2020. CRCICA will update the users, should the closure continues, on other dates where its premises will be open to receive submissions or awards.
b- Conduct meetings amongst the members of the tribunal and/or the Parties, procedural hearings or deliberations virtually.
c- 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.
d- 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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