Coronavirus: Indian Arbitration Forum urges Arbitral Tribunals to view requests to adjourn proceedings leniently to minimise health risks

Aishwarya Iyer

The Indian Arbitration Forum (IAF) has made an appeal to the Arbitral Tribunals in the country to consider restricting the conduct of proceedings for the next eight weeks to guard against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

In their appeal, the IAF has asked all the Arbitral Tribunals to consider requests to adjourn any oral arguments to be conducted in the next eight weeks, in order to minimize the risk of viral transmission.

The forum adds, "In case the hearing is urgent, it is suggested that the same may be conducted via video conferencing so that there is no risk to the health of the parties, counsels or Ld. Arbitrators."

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