The Civil Service Commission would like to inform all government agencies that the Council of Ministers has decided, in its meeting held on Wednesday 11/03/2020, to suspend the work of all government ministries and agencies, and public bodies and institutions as a precautionary measure due to the outbreak of the recent coronavirus fora period of fifteen days - as official public holidays - as from Thursday 12/03/2020 until Thursday 26/03/2020, provided that official working hours shall resume on Sunday 29/03/2020.
a. The Respondent shall indicate on or before 1 May 2020 whether it can give an undertaking of the nature referred to in paragraph 20 and on what terms;
b. If an undertaking is given by the Respondent: then the Claimants shall indicate within 24 hours after receipt of the Respondent's communication as to whether or not they are prepared to consent to a stay of any request for provisional measures in light of that undertaking (if they do not consent then the Tribunal will decide whether or not the procedure for dealing with the Claimants' request for provisional measures will be stayed);
c. If an undertaking is not given by the Respondent or the Claimants have rejected it and the Tribunal has resolved that there will be no stay on the basis of the undertaking as provided: then the Claimants shall file their definitive request for provisional measures with supporting evidence and legal authorities on or before 8 May 2020 should they wish to do so;
d. Following receipt of the Claimants’ definitive request for provisional measures, the Respondent shall, within 2 days of receipt, indicate whether it is still constrained in responding to any aspect of that request and the reasons for the same (the Tribunal will then set a timetable for dealing with the Claimants’ request taking any such constraints into account);
e. The Respondent is at liberty to file its submission on whether the Tribunal has discretion to extend the deadline for an application under Rule 41(5) notwithstanding that the Claimants do not consent to any extension of the same (as confirmed by their letter of 20 April 2020) and, if, so, whether that discretion should be exercised in the circumstances. Following receipt of that submission, the Tribunal will establish a timetable for the Claimants to respond;
f. The parties shall indicate their first availability for a telephone conference to discuss the draft Procedural Order No. 1 (which will be circulated once the date of the conference has been confirmed) on or before 1 May 2020 (for the avoidance of doubt, the Tribunal considers that such telephone conference should take place as soon as possible and need not await the resolution of any of the foregoing matters).
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