The Singapore Mediation Centre (‘SMC’) has issued Supplementary Rules for Electronic Adjudication Lodgement (‘Supplementary Rules’) which provide for lodgement of documents electronically, telegraphic transfer of fees, electronic service of documents and online Adjudication Conferences.
The Supplementary Rules take effect on 15 April 2020. A copy of the latest version of the Supplementary Rules is available for download at the SMC’s website.
These Rules are a welcome update especially with the ongoing COVID 19 situation. With the Supplementary Rules, the entire Adjudications Application process can be carried out virtually. Adjudication Application and Adjudication Responses can be lodged electronically with the SMC and Adjudication Conferences can be held using online virtual meeting platforms. These measures should reduce costs for parties; increase the efficacy of the process while at the same time allowing parties to comply with safe distancing protocols.
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