Yesterday, a bill was submitted in Parliament to establish interim provisions on many topics relating to the Covid-19 crisis.
The “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) (Temporary Provisions)” Bill was introduced by Ali Sabry, PC, Minister of Justice, and read by Dhammika Dasanayake, Secretary-General of Parliament.
The “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) (Temporary Provisions)” Bill is tabled
to make temporary provisions in relation to situations where persons were unable to perform certain actions required by law to be performed within the prescribed time periods due to Covid-19 circumstances;
- to assign alternative courts where a court cannot function due to Covid-19 circumstances; to conduct court proceedings using remote communication technology to facilitate the control of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19); and
- -to grant relief in relation to parties to certain contracts who were unable to perform contractual obligations due to Covid-19 circumstances and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.