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Amid COVID-19 pandemic, the functioning of Delhi International Arbitration Centre will partially resume with effect from June 8.
A decision to this effect was taken by the Arbitration Committee of High Court of Delhi, chaired by Justice JR Midha.
The hearing rooms of DIAC shall remain inaccessible till further orders and parties are encouraged to conduct meetings/proceedings through video conference.
However, where the proceedings through video conferencing may not seem feasible, the arbitrators are at the liberty to conduct proceedings in a restricted environment, it is clarified.
Assitance to conduct virtual proceedings shall be given by DIAC.
The parties looking to initiate a fresh arbitration under DIAC Rules can avail e-filing facility of DIAC.
However, till e-filing facility is made operational, the petition/application/documents are required to be sent to DIAC through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
In ongoing arbitrations, documents and applications be sent to the arbitrator by e-mail with a copy to the opposite party and DIAC.
As far as 'Final Arguments' matter are concerned, a Guidance Note issued by the High Court states that the arbitrators shall consider directing both the parties to file brief note of submissions, copies of relevant pages of the documents etc along with a video clip of the oral arguments and rebuttal.
The arbitrators shall thereafter fix the case for virtual hearing.
If both the parties do not wish to address arguments through video conferencing and are satisfied with the submission of the video clips along with written submissions, the arbitrator may dispense with hearings through video conferencing, it is clarified.
In order to fast track arbitrations, the Guidance Note also provides for the conduction of the arbitration on the basis of documents without the oral evidence.
The payment of fees will be accepted through NEFT/RTGS only and payment through cheques is temporarily suspended.
Read the Notice and the Guidance Note: