‘One Day Court’ promotes concept of efficient justice: Minister of Justice

ABU DHABI, Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, has said that the adoption of the UAE Cabinet, under the presidency of the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, of the “One Day Court” aims to facilitate the provision of judicial services for members of the community, reinforce the concept of efficient justice, and strengthen the rule of law.

He stated that the court aims to decrease the processing time of civil cases to only 15 days from their registration while concerning criminal cases, investigations will be carried out by the Public Prosecutor’s Office and transferred to the Criminal Court to adjudicate misdemeanours, which will be completed in only one day, according to relevant legislative amendments. The new judicial system is part of the ministry’s desire to improve the UAE’s legislative and judicial environment and keep pace with the developments being witnessed in economic, scientific and social areas, to make citizens happy, he added.

He stressed that the new system will shorten procedures and mechanisms on federal and local levels to only one day with regards to financial penalties in civil cases that do not exceed AED100,000, as well as the validity of all signature cases and cases related to wage and salary claims not exceeding AED200,000. This will have many positive effects, including reducing the cost of postponed cases and achieving balance between the need to ensure that civil and criminal proceedings are settled fairly, he added.

Al Badi said that the new system was drafted after studying the best international practices and reviewing the latest legislations adopted by leading countries to reduce settlement periods from three months to two weeks, which will reduce the cost of lawsuits and court operations and limit the number of lawsuits in courts, by giving additional powers to the Lawsuit Management Office.

The new system will make customers happy and protect their rights and freedoms, as well as strengthen the concept of effective justice and increase the confidence of the community and investors in the judicial system, which will support the country’s position in global competitiveness reports, the Minister continued.

Al Badi added that the introduction of the “One Day Court” is part of the ministry’s participation in the activities of the third batch of government accelerators while noting that it will also support the ministry’s development vision to attain a leading international positions in this area, as well as support the justice sector and ensure excellence in its systems, performance, services and outcomes, which is always supported by the wise leadership, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates, and their directives to make the country an oasis of security, stability and prosperity.

Source: Emirates News Agency