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I’m not just protecting my business. I’m looking after my name too.

At the Small Claims Tribunal (SCT), we settle disputes fast, amicably and cost-effectively, so you can take care of business. Opt in by simply adding a DIFC Courts clause into your contracts.
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In business you are the company you keep.

On average, 90% of cases are settled in 4 weeks. The Small Claims Tribunal (SCT) safeguards your business by resolving disputes fast, amicably and cost-effectively. Opt in by adding a DIFC Courts clause into your contracts.
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Welcome to the DIFC Courts


The DIFC Courts are an independent common law judiciary based in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) with jurisdiction governing civil and commercial disputes.


To establish and maintain a world-class system of justice that is reliable, accessible, efficient and fair, with an unconditional commitment to the rule of law and the fulfilment of its statutory function.


To unfailingly uphold the principles of fairness and impartiality, and to consistently dispense equal justice according to the law and international best practices.

Court of First Instance

“The CFI has exclusive jurisdiction over any civil or commercial case when it relates to the DIFC, and following the amendment to the governing law in October 2011, DIFC Courts can also hear cases when the contract in question specifies DIFC Courts’ jurisdiction (pre-dispute jurisdiction) or when both parties elect to use DIFC Courts to resolve a dispute which has already arisen (post-dispute jurisdiction).”

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Small Claims Tribunal

Provides a highly efficient, low cost easy to use service where 90% of cases are resolved within 4 weeks.

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The DIFC Courts have the power, in matters over which it has jurisdiction, to make any orders, including interlocutory orders and to issue or direct the issue of any writs it considers appropriate.

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The Pro Bono Programme

Designed to ensure that professional legal advice is available to anyone who can demonstrate that they are unable to afford legal representation.

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