GEPLAW FOCUS: LITIGATING DURING THE LOCKDOWN: LESSONS FROM THE FIRST VIRTUAL TRIAL IN COMMERCIAL COURT, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWING LITIGATION PRACTICE

GEPLAW FOCUS: LITIGATING DURING THE LOCKDOWN: LESSONS FROM THE FIRST VIRTUAL TRIAL IN COMMERCIAL COURT, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWING LITIGATION PRACTICE


It is no news that the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has disrupted all aspects of human interactions and livelihood. Since the commencement of its erratic spread in January 2020, countries have been forced to take a difficult stance by restricting movement of persons and social gatherings. Similarly, judiciaries have been forced to suspend physical hearings in an effort to prevent further spread of the virus, and in some cases, the administration of justice has been halted indefinitely.
Nevertheless, countries are deliberating innovative solutions to conduct hearings remotely. A United Kingdom Tribunal has successfully implemented a full virtual trial, and the counsel for the plaintiffs shared valuable lessons from the exercise on how virtual trials can be conducted during and post Covid-19 era.
Procedural Background of the UK Case
The UK case was between National Bank of Kazakhstan & Anor and Bank of New York Mellon NV/SA, London Branch   & Ors, where the legal issue for determination was “whether $530m of cash deposits held by Bank of New York…continue reading