Istanbul Arbitration Center (ISTAC) Announces Online Hearing Rules and Procedures
With the publication of its Online Hearing Rules and Procedures, the Istanbul Arbitration Center (ISTAC) became the first arbitral institution to formalize the use of telephone and video conferencing technology in order to combat the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Orcun Cetinkaya,Pelin Karan
While Coronavirus continues to have a huge impact on industry and commerce globally, ISTAC has made decisive steps to use widely available video and telephone technology to mitigate unnecessary delays to arbitration proceedings. Providing a simple roadmap to best practice for conducting online hearings, the 10 articles of the rules and procedures resolve issues surrounding the legal and practical implications of virtual hearings. These include the initial decision to hold an online hearing in a virtual court, its purpose and scope, preparations, who may attend, the use of witnesses and experts, and so on. Online hearing rules and procedures.
The main rules and procedures for virtual hearings are as follows:
ISTAC’s leadership is a positive move for arbitration in a time of global pandemic.
The use of online legal hearings has grown internationally in recent years, and as many organizations continue the move towards digital solutions, we welcome ISTAC’s leadership and clear guidance in addressing the many considerations for conducting arbitral procedures remotely. Working safely during the COVID-19 pandemic is of paramount importance, ISTAC’s initiative allows us to continue our arbitration work while reducing risk significantly and we are happy to advise our clients to accept online hearings for their arbitration proceedings.