1. Filings

Court Documents / filings at Probate & Tribunals

Filing of Court Documents is still possible by physical delivery and electronic filing, despite the closure of Public Counters. Hard-copy documents and files, delivered to the Courts, will be collected at regular intervals. Documents for distribution will be posted on a daily basis, taking account of the possibility that a document may be sent electronically if urgent. More information can be found on the dedicated COVID-19 page on the Isle of Man Courts of Justice website, which is regularly updated.

Companies Registry filings

The Land, Deeds and Companies Registry staff are now working remotely. Hard-copy filings can still be made via post-box.

2. Can searches be conducted?

Company Searches are being conducted in the usual way through the online platform.

3. Certificates of good standing – if and how these are being conducted

The Companies Registry have not provided any information regarding how or whether the provision of Certificates of Fact and Good standing will be affected. However, the current procedure is largely electronic and so will not be affected. Requisition forms are emailed to the registry, or a certificate can be ordered by phone. More information can be found here.

4. Other searches – how are these being conducted?

Litigation

Searches of the Claims and Judgments register requires physical presence at the Registries. The public counter at the Registry has been closed to the general public. In order to assist, the court staff are prepared to undertake searches of the register of Claims on request by email, which will be undertaken as soon as practically possible.

Land

It is possible to submit Land applications and requests for Office Copies and Survey Map extracts electronically.

Probate

The purchase or requisition of deeds and / or probates can be made through the online service as per usual practice here.

Aircraft Registry

The Aircraft Registry are still running a comprehensive service and are taking queries by email.

Shipping Registry

The Shipping Registry are running business as usual with colleagues working remotely. More information can be found here.

5. Court sessions and position (including filings and hearings)

Civil and Family matters are currently being considered on a case-by-case basis. The Court are implementing measures which reduce the number of non-essential visits to the Courts building. Technology will be used as far as practically and legislatively possible. Parties are being encouraged to apply to stay proceedings where applicable and the fee for Consent Orders has been temporarily waived. Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are confirmed to have COVID-19 who are required to attend Court, have been asked to contact the Court or relevant Tribunal immediately.

The Isle of Man Courts of Justice have highlighted that it remains possible for a member of their staff to take an oath, affirmation or declaration and should contact them for an appointment.

More information can be found on the Isle of Man Courts of Justice dedicated COVID-19 page, which is regularly updated.

6. Any travel restrictions

The borders are now closed to all arrivals, with the exception of a very limited group of people who are necessary for the critical national infrastructure or the preservation of human life. Prior written approval will be required before travel in these limited circumstances. Flights will also remain in operation solely for the purposes of  emergency medical transportation and mail. These measures will be in effect for an initial period of 21 days.

7. Other temporary regulatory measures

There have been no regulatory measures implemented yet. The Isle of Man Financial Services Authority have, however, issued guidance for regulated entities, anticipating some problems that initial remote-working may bring. The press release focusses on how to contact the FSA, the electronic transmission of Returns and Notifications, submission of Audited Financial Statements and signatures on official business documents.

8. Implications for economic substance compliance

No formal guidance has been issued on the subject of economic substance.  Companies that are “relevant sector companies” (as that term is defined in Part 6A of the Income Tax Act 1970) continue to be subject to the economic substance requirements of that Act.

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