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BVI Court: Business as usual... except for emergency measures

The BVI Commercial Court has relocated to the nearby island of St Lucia since 25 September 2017 following Hurricane Irma. 

Surpassing all expectations, in the week after the Hurricane, the Court reopened following the summer recess, and heard applications for freezing orders, Norwich Pharmacals, petitions to wind up companies, directions hearings, and a plethora of other applications.  Both Leading Counsel from London and advocates from the BVI attended either by telephone or in person. Harneys litigation group set up a new base in St Lucia staffed by some of our most dogged courtroom advocates and veterans of Hurricane Irma. These guys are literally unbreakable. They tell us that they are available for further crises at short notice.

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court updated it’s Civil Procedure Rules and published Practice Direction 69B(1) which addresses Commercial Division Emergency Measures in the BVI.  The PD is intended to facilitate the continued disposal of matters proceeding before the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court in the BVI and ensure continuation of the Court in the event of a crisis. The practice direction deals with continuation measures for all functions of the court, which include procedures for filings, service of documents, hearings of matters, recording of Court Proceedings and preparation of transcripts. The PD will come into effect on the 1st day of October, 2017.

Please find full copy of Practice Direction 60B here

BVI Commercial Court

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