Maktoum bin Mohammed approves new plan for Dubai Financial Center courts

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 aims to is 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 emphasized that the DIFC courts expect challenges in the judicial field, with a sophisticated, smart and flexible judicial support system, which keeps pace with the proactive approach of the Emirate of Dubai and the UAE in various areas, and through the new strategy, which enhances its capacity, capabilities and tools, in providing 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 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 resolve disputes.” a way of supporting 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, and specialized departments in intellectual property, virtual property, courts and other blockchain technologies. ».

The strategic plan of the Dubai International Center Courts focuses on adhering to the highest standards of quality in business, through 4 main pillars, namely judicial excellence, excellence in providing various services, trust in an infrastructure that provides the latest technical means of communication , in addition to the formulation and implementation of 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 up with the changes and requirements of global trade, and the effectiveness 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 the leadership of the Emirate of Dubai and its position as a global business center, and is specifically designed to address the level of judicial excellence, service excellence, communication and innovation, including the introduction 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 electronics capabilities, the establishment of courts for blockchain technologies and a new system for managing claims and customer relationships, developing a portfolio of digital assets and new mechanisms for substantiation and verification services, and working for cooperation with national, regional and international bodies and expand institutions, and a new depository center o of wills in the United Arab Emirates and a system for remote registration of wills. In addition to providing consulting and digital services in multiple languages.

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 to 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” 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.

Judge Omar Al Muhairi, Director of the Dubai International Financial Center 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 in and enhances opportunities for quality. In this context, the Dubai Financial Center Courts will continue to Global, combining a modern and flexible digital infrastructure with judicial and service excellence, setting standards for international trade courts.

It is noteworthy that in 2021 the DIFC courts 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 technologies and blockchain, cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence and cloud services; 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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