Much has been written about the effect of the COVID-19 crisis on pending and future court proceedings across the world. In some jurisdictions, courts have closed completely or almost completely. In England, by contrast, the civil courts have reacted rapidly to allow as much business to proceed as possible and to minimise disruption. New practice directions, in particular PD 51Y , allow for remote hearings and trials, and judges have been quick to move to new online platforms. Despite this, delays and disruption are occurring.
Karen Maxwell looks at the question of whether arbitral processes might be adopted so that parties can progress their disputes within the timescale they originally contemplated.
This article was first published by Practical Law Arbitration blog on 27/05/20.