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Part XV: Technology Facilities

120. Use of the Technology Courts and the Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities

(1) The Technology Courts and the Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities (“MIT facilities”) may, at the discretion of the Registrar and subject to the payment of the appropriate fees, be used:

(2) The Registrar may refuse any request for the use of any of the services described in this Part at any time owing to the unavailability of staff or equipment or for any other reason. The Registrar need not give any reasons for the refusal of such a request.

121. Applications to use the Technology Courts

(1) A request to use a Technology Court for the hearing of any matter before a Judge or Registrar must be made by filing a Request through the Electronic Filing Service at least 14 working days before the hearing at which the Technology Court is to be used and Form 21 of Appendix A of these Practice Directions in Portable Document Format (PDF) must be annexed to the Request electronic form.

(2) An application to use a Technology Court for any other dispute resolution process must be made by submitting Form 21 of Appendix A of these Practice Directions to the Registrar through the relevant person-in-charge at the organisation at which the dispute resolution process is carried out at least 14 working days before the dispute resolution proceedings at which it is to be used.

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(4) The attention of solicitors is drawn to section 62A of the Evidence Act (Cap. 97), which provides:

(5) Upon the successful booking of a Technology Court for videoconferencing,

(6) Any person who desires to use audio-visual and computers equipment additional to those provided in the Technology Courts will be asked to provide details of such equipment when applying to use the Courtroom. The applicant must also be prepared to have the equipment available for testing with the audio-visual system of the Technology Courts at least 3 working days before the first day fixed for the hearing. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide equipment that is compatible with the audio-visual system of the Technology Courts.

122. Applications to use the Mobile Infocomm Technology Facilities

(1) A request to use the MIT facilities for the hearing of any matter in open Court or in Chambers before a Judge or Registrar must be made by filing a Request through the Electronic Filing Service at least 14 working days before the hearing at which the MIT facilities are to be used and Form 21 of Appendix A of these Practice Directions in Portable Document Format (PDF) must be annexed to the Request electronic form.

(2) An application to use the MIT facilities for any other dispute resolution process must be made by submitting Form 21 to the Registrar through the relevant person-in-charge at the organisation at which the dispute resolution process is carried out as soon as practicable, as availability of the resources are on a first-come-first served basis.

(3) The mobile audio-visual equipment is available for use in both open Court and in Chambers while the mobile videoconferencing equipment is only for use in Chambers.

(4) Any applicant desiring to use the mobile audio-visual equipment is required to provide details of the type of evidence presenting and media format in the application form. The applicant must also be prepared to have the presentation material or media available for testing with the audio-visual system at least 5 working days before the first day fixed for the hearing. It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide presentation materials or media format that is compatible with the equipment provided by the Court.

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123. Fees

(1) The fees for the use of the Technology Courts and the MIT facilities are set out in Appendix D of these Practice Directions.

(2) The Registrar may refund any fee or part thereof paid in respect of any day on which the Technology Court and/or the MIT facilities was not used provided that: