The Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA) is cutting paper out of the arbitration process in a rules revamp that it says is designed to keep up with the way that business is increasingly conducted by electronic and digital means.

Applying to all arbitrations commencing from 1 January 2022, the SCMA will allow for service of documents via electronic mailing. The new provisions also allow the signing of arbitration awards electronically, while hearings and case management conferences, if held, may be conducted virtually.