Maktoum bin Mohammed adopts the new strategic plan for the Dubai International Financial Center courts to support the emirate’s position as a global destination for business and financial activities

It includes 4 main pillars and extends to the year 2024

Strategic plan for DIFC courts 2022-2024:

Launch of a new International Tribunal for the Digital Economy to lead the way in resolving emerging technology disputes

A new center for the deposit of wills in the United Arab Emirates

A new system for remote registration of wills

A new claims management system and a unified customer relationship management system

Specialized departments in the field of intellectual property, virtual courts with comprehensive and integrated electronic capabilities, and courts for blockchain technology

A portfolio of digital assets and new mechanisms for substantiation and verification services

Providing consulting and digital services in various languages

Maktoum bin Mohammed: Today we approved the strategy of the Dubai International Financial Center Courts for the next three years. . A new and integrated system that uses modern capabilities and technologies to support the judiciary and resolve disputes in a way that strengthens Dubai’s leadership and its position as a global destination for business and financial activities.

Maktoum bin Mohammed: The DIFC courts will focus on the implementation of projects and initiatives based on digital transformation, the use of artificial intelligence in their transactions and procedures, the establishment of a judicial network, an international court for the digital economy, and specialized departments in intellectual property, virtual courts, and other blockchain technology. The aim is to establish a successful global justice and to keep abreast of developments

Dubai United Arab Emirates: His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Governor of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and President of the Dubai International Financial Center, approved the new DIFC Courts Strategy for the years 2022-2024, which is aimed at to develop a judicial support system and achieve more global justice.According to a developed work system that uses the latest modern technologies in procedures and transactions.

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed has confirmed that the Dubai International Financial Center courts are facing legal challenges, with a sophisticated, intelligent and flexible judicial support system, keeping pace with the proactive approach of the Emirate of Dubai and the UAE on various areas. , and through the new strategy, improving its capacity, capabilities and tools, to provide the effective justice required by the global financial, commercial and economic sector, including emerging disputes arising from transactions of a more modern and complex digital and technical nature.

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid said: “Today we have approved the strategy of the Dubai International Financial Center Courts for the next three years. A new and integrated system that uses modern capabilities and technologies to support the judiciary and disputes in a way that supports the strengthening of Dubai’s leadership and position as a global destination for business and financial activities. “

His Highness added, “The DIFC courts will focus on the implementation of projects and initiatives based on digital transformation, the use of artificial intelligence in their transactions and procedures, the establishment of a judicial network, an international court for the digital economics, specialized departments in intellectual property, virtual courts, and other blockchain technologies. “

4 main pillars

The strategic plan of the Dubai International Center Courts focuses on following the highest quality standards for doing business, through 4 main pillars, namely judicial excellence, excellence in providing various services, and trust in an infrastructure that provides the latest technical means of communication. , in addition to formulating and implementing innovative solutions.

The strategic action plan seeks to ensure continuous work to integrate the highest international standards of legal proceedings, and ease of rapid and flexible access to court services in a highly interconnected smart court system capable of keeping pace with global trade changes and requirements, which improves efficiency. of dispute resolution and access to various court services.

The new plan includes a package of projects and initiatives covering approximately 28 projects that support Dubai’s leadership and position as a global business center, and is specifically designed to increase the level of judicial excellence, service excellence, communication and innovation, including the launch of a new international court for the digital economy to lead the way in resolving disputes related to emerging technologies. The establishment of specialized departments in the field of intellectual property and virtual courts with comprehensive and integrated electronic capabilities, and the establishment of courts for blockchain technology and a new system for managing business and relationships

clients, developing a portfolio of digital assets and new mechanisms for substantiation and verification services, and working to expand collaboration with national, regional and international bodies and institutions. A new center for the deposit of wills in the United Arab Emirates and a system for registering wills remotely. In addition to providing consulting and digital services in multiple languages.

Comprehensive digital system

The strategic plan relies on a comprehensive digital system, ensuring the provision of smart and easy-to-use court systems capable of keeping up with and meeting the expected needs of global trade litigation proceedings keep.

The innovative applications of these technologies will support the ability of DIFC courts’ tools to overcome language barriers, borders, currencies and others, as reliance on artificial intelligence will simplify the case review methodology, create a realistic virtual presence provided, and copies will be waived. of documents, and allow time to perform more important and complex tasks And other procedures that will be developed based on the use of modern technology and artificial intelligence systems.

The future research that will be provided by the DIFC courts will also combine expertise and resources to study ways to address disputes arising from private and public “blockchain” technology transactions, through regulatory and contractual clauses in the smart contract while the implications of this on data flow are currently being studied through Borders, digital governance and data management, and the assurance of information protection and security in business relationships to help advance the digital economy.

international reference standards

His Honorable Judge Omar Al Muhairi, Director of the DIFC Courts, in turn said: “The increasing acceptance of digital platforms, paperless processes and virtual trials has spurred the formulation of a new reality that invests.

Opportunities to provide and improve quality services to various parties, and in this context, the DIFC courts, by combining a modern and flexible digital infrastructure with judicial and service excellence, will continue to set standards for international trade courts. ”

It is noteworthy that in 2021, the DIFC courts have launched a new circle in their courts, the International Digital Economy Court, which aims to simplify the process of resolving complex civil and commercial disputes regarding the digital economy, and to review related national and international lawsuits. to current and emerging technologies, including big data and IT technology. Blockchain, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence and cloud services. At the beginning of 2022, the new court commissioned a group of international jurists and industry experts to draft and adopt new specialized rules for the Digital Economy Court.

The DIFC courts increase their operational efficiency, expand the acceptance of digital orders and rulings, and hold more than 95% of court sessions remotely. The DIFC courts will also strengthen their position as the first paperless court in the region in 2021, as it carries out 100% of its internal operations and directs customer services completely digitally.

Special project initiatives within the framework of the Future Courts initiative have improved the ability of the DIFC courts to implement advanced research and development activities, and to improve technical solutions in court departments, such as initiatives based on blockchain technology, programs that provide artificial intelligence support, and cloud-based solutions.

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About the Dubai International Financial Center Courts:

The courts of the Dubai International Financial Center in the UAE operate a unique Anglo-Saxon system in English that provides a rapid and independent legal system for resolving domestic and international commercial and civil disputes. These courts, located in Dubai, provide reliability through transparent, enforceable rulings issued by internationally recognized judges committed to the highest international legal standards. The DIFC courts combine their independence and complement the UAE’s Arabic language civil system – providing an option that improves the procedures of both systems while ensuring a world-class legal system accessible to the public.

The DIFC courts were established in accordance with the laws enacted by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai in September of 2004. The laws under which the DIFC courts are established are designed to ensure that these courts provide reliability, flexibility and efficiency. what its users are looking for. The courts’ community-centered approach encourages early settlement, while strengthening their record of success Dubai’s growing position as a global business hub.

In October 2011, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, issued a decree opening the jurisdiction of the Dubai International Financial Center Courts to companies and institutions from across the GCC and abroad, thereby allows the global business. community access to one of the most advanced commercial court systems in the world.

Inspired by the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the DIFC courts have developed programs to support and develop the national workforce and enhance the competitive advantages of Emirati lawyers. The DIFC courts are at the forefront of training programs mainly for local Emirati lawyers, who provide knowledge and qualifications in the Anglo-Saxon system in English.

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