Keeping pace with the disputes of tomorrow

Mark Beer, Co-Chief Executive and Registrar General, DIFC Courts   From a legal perspective, you can think about technological innovation in three phases. First, when a true innovation hits the market, it often poses new legal questions around liability and...

The maturing of DIFC Courts

Graham Lovett, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP As a litigation lawyer who has been practising in Dubai since 2004, I have seen first-hand how the DIFC Courts have grown from a bespoke court system serving the city’s financial freezone to become a significant...

Costs Recovery in the DIFC Courts

Among the particularities of the English common law system is the ability for the winning party to recover the costs proportionately and reasonably incurred in fighting their case. These can include fees charged by legal counsel, allowances for expert witnesses and a...

Small claims, big success

When the DIFC Courts’ Small Claims Tribunal (SCT) was established in 2007, it signalled a shift in the region’s approach to resolving lower value, relatively straightforward commercial disputes. Rather than seeking to hear those types of cases in a courtroom with...

The ‘three R’s’ of better court administration

Ask a group of people to name the basic skills required for a good education and chances are at least a few will mention the “three R’s.” The origins of this nifty phrase to illustrate the importance of reading, ’riting and ‘rithmetic apparently date back two...

DIFC Courts: the road to excellence

By: Reem Al Shihhe, Chief Operating Officer, DIFC Courts, and ICCE Representative for DIFC Courts,  Member of Executive Committee. How did DIFC Courts approach court excellence? When it comes to court excellence, it is not enough to review policies, rules and...

The power of many to harness technology for all

Mark Beer, OBE, co–Chief Executive and Registrar General of the DIFC Courts As delegates gather this week in Washington, DC, for the annual International Association of Court Administration (IACA) conference, one of the hot topics for discussion will be how...

Court Excellence for Business Today – and Tomorrow

HE Justice Ali Shamis Al Madhani, Judge of the DIFC Courts; Chair of the IACA Middle East Board Jurisdictions worldwide are in a race to improve the quality of service they provide to both litigants and lawyers. The good news is that this race is being run in the...

How Digital Justice is Transforming the Courts and Legal Sector

Simon Bradford, Cloud Technologies Director – Microsoft Middle East & Africa Justice and legal systems around the world, across all jurisdictions, are looking at how they can move away from their traditional legacy procedures and paper-based processes to embrace...

A more effective appeals process

Certainty lies at the heart of judicial excellence.  It is determined not only by swift settlement, but also defined by fair, transparent, and reliable procedures. Following feedback from the Court Users’ Committee (CUC), Rules Sub Committee (RSC), as well as the...

Technology should enable, not define, Modern Commercial Courts

H.E. Justice Ali Shamis Mohamed Shamis Al Madhani, DIFC Courts; Chair of IACA’s Middle East Board For most people, the words courts, service and innovation are rarely uttered in the same breath. After all, courts are generally places where people are compelled to...

DIFC Courts to build links with Canada

Mark Beer, OBE, Registrar General and Co-Chief Executive of DIFC Courts was part of a “Canada Mission” organized by Dubai FDI, where delegates shared information on the benefits of doing trade between Dubai and Canada. During the mission, he spoke to a cross-section...