Mauritius is under a initial lockdown period of two weeks COMMENCING 20 March 2020 and ending on 02 April 2020 (SUBJECT to ongoing review)

1. Filings

Filings at the Registrar of Companies (RoC)

Online facilities in respect of online incorporation and online filing are being maintained, however, users may experience some delay with regard to acknowledgement and approval.

Filings at the Financial Services Commission (FSC)

The FSC stated that it will show flexibility towards companies which may face challenges in meeting their forthcoming reporting obligations including regulatory filings. The FSC will consider, on a case by case basis, such measures that may alleviate the immediate regulatory burden for financial institution during these challenging times. Stakeholders are invited to contact the FSC by email.

Filings at the Commercial/Bankruptcy Division of the Supreme Court

Deadlines for filing of pleadings and deadlines for cases to be heard before the Commercial/Bankruptcy Division of the Supreme Court are waived until further notice.

Filings at the Registrar General

There has been no announcement to date and we expect that any statutory delays would have to be extended to after the period of lockdown of two weeks.

2. Can searches be conducted?

Searches at the Registrar of Companies

No searches at the premises of the RoC. Only online searches for basic information are available through the MNS system.

Searches at the Registrar General

No physical searches can be undertaken at the premises of the Registrar General during the lockdown period.

Litigation Searches

Due to restricted staff and service within the Judiciary for the lockdown period no physical or online searches can presently be undertaken.

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

This service is currently not available.

4. Other searches – how are these being conducted?

See section above.

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

All cases scheduled before all courts in Mauritius stand postponed during the period of lockdown. The dates to which these cases are postponed will be communicated at a later stage.

District Courts

The District Court of Port Louis will be operational on the premises of the Bail and Remand Court to deal with all urgent Criminal and Civil matters for all District Courts.

Due to the lockdown, the District Court of Port Louis is exceptionally empowered to deal with matters for all District Courts and will only attend to matters of utmost urgency, including but not limited to payment of surety, bail applications, warrants.

  • Date: Fom 23 March 2020
  • Address: Bail and Remand Court, Ground Floor, New Court House, Port Louis
  • Any District Court issue

Exceptionally, the Weekend Court will deal with any District Court issue or query.

  • Dates: 21 March 2020  &  28 March 2020
  • Address: Bail and Remand Court, Ground Floor, New Court House, Port Louis

Supreme Court

All urgent applications to the Supreme Court will be dealt by a Supreme Court Judge sitting in Chambers.

  • Date: 23 March 2020 to 27 March 2020

Court Vacation

During the Court Vacation, there will be a Judge in Chambers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday only.

  • Date: 30 March 2020 – 04 May 2020 (inclusive)

Commercial Division of the Supreme Court

Deadlines for filing of pleadings and deadlines for cases to be heard before the Commercial/Bankruptcy Division of the Supreme Court are waived until further notice.

Attorneys are requested to contact the respective Judge’s secretaries for the unlocking of “Pleadings” module and are reminded that only urgent applications should be lodged.

Normal business is currently scheduled to resume from May 2020 but will remain subject to ongoing review.

Family Division of the Supreme Court

The Family Division of the Supreme Court will operate with minimum human resources and will be restricted to only urgent matters which will need the intervention of a Judge, during the confinement period.

  • Opening Hours: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 to 14:30

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the following persons can be contacted over the phone for matters of extreme urgency: Mr. Ravi Keenoo and Mr. Ravi Ciceron. Contact numbers are available from the Secretary of the Bar Council: Varuna R Bunwaree Goburdhun – Mobile 52 51 91 36

Swearing of Affidavits

Swearing of affidavits for urgent applications should be processed through the Supreme Court.

The staff of the Family Division will be present to provide guidance on 23 March, 27 March and 01 April 2020.

Intermediate and Industrial Courts

The Intermediate and Industrial Courts can be contacted through the Secretary of the Bar Council to deal with urgent matters.

6. Travel restrictions

From 19 March 2020, Mauritian borders are closed for the next 15 days for all passengers (local and international) arriving on the territory. Special arrangements are being made by the Mauritian Authorities to repatriate Mauritians who are overseas.

Passengers who wish to leave the Mauritian territories are advised to contact their respective travel agencies or airline companies for flight re-scheduling.

7. Other Temporary Regulatory Measures

Banks will keep branches open in strategic locations to ensure a fair coverage. These branches will operate from Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 15:00 with minimal staff to provide basic banking services.

Measures from the Bank of Mauritius:

Special Foreign Currency (USD) Line of Credit

  • The Bank of Mauritius is introducing a Special Foreign Currency (USD) Line of Credit targeting operators having foreign currency earnings, including SMEs.
  • This line of credit will be for an amount of USD300 million, to be made available through commercial banks. Funds will be made available to commercial banks at 6-month USD Libor for this facility.
  • This line of credit will be available from 24 March 2020 until 30 June 2020 and repayment will be over a period of two (2) years from the effective date of disbursement.

Support to households

  • Mauritian households impacted by COVID-19 may make a request to their commercial banks for a moratorium of six (6) months on capital repayments on their existing household loans from the 1 April 2020.
  • In addition, for households earning a combined monthly basic salary of up to Rs50,000 the Bank of Mauritius will bear the interest payable for the period 1 April 2020 to 30 June 2020 on their outstanding household loans with commercial banks.
  • For the purpose of these measures, household loans include all existing rupee loans which have been disbursed to a Household by a commercial bank. Overdrafts, credit cards and other credit facilities are not included.
  • The terms and conditions will be made available through commercial banks from 30 March 2020.

8. Implications for economic substance compliance and residency

The FSC will show flexibility towards licencees which may face challenges in meeting their forthcoming reporting obligations including regulatory filings, on a case by case basis.

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