CRCICA wishes all of you a happy and blessed Ramadan.
This is an update on CRCICA precautionary measures during the coming period and during Ramadan:
1. CRCICA premises will remain closed until Thursday 21 May 2020.
2. Case Management services are fully operational, CRCICA staff is working remotely.
3. Exceptionally, the Centre premises will be open on Sundays and Wednesdays form 10:00 am to 3:00 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 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-drive, on the dates where CRCICA premises will be open to receive 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- 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.
3- 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.
4- 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 updated of any developments or changes in this plan.
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