Dubai Courts begins e-case registration
Dubai, May 21, 2013
Dubai Courts has officially launched three innovative online service programmes, including ‘Al-Salfa, which allows e-case registration without the need to be physically present at the Courts' premises for
the first time in the Middle East.
These programmes provide facility for online case registration, access to archive of case files, and pro bono legal advice, said a statement from Dubai Courts.
The move is in line with Dubai Courts' strategic vision towards ‘leadership in court performance’, which aims to save time and effort, and to aid the facilitation work of litigants.
Speaking at the official launch, Dr Ahmed Saeed Bin Hazeem, the director general said, “Dubai Courts is always keen on excellence and leadership, and aims to provide innovative and modern procedures, along with meeting the needs of litigants."
"Hence, an online service programme has been launched under the name ‘Al-Salfa, allowing e-case registration without the need to be physically present at the Courts' premises,” he stated.
The heads of courts, heads of departments, chairman of the UAE Jurists Association, and a number of key lawyers attended the launch ceremony.
Dr Hazeem stressed the importance of the strategic partnership between Dubai Courts and law firms in Dubai, which aims to achieve justice and assist in the task of litigants to access their rights.
"The first-of-its-kind in the Middle East, this service allows law firms and all litigants to register cases electronically, record every detail, upload identification papers, and send them to Dubai Courts online," he said.
"Launching the e-programme under the name ‘Al-Salfa’ resulted from the keenness of Dubai Courts to link all of its services to the Emirates ID. ‘Al-Salfa’ is a well-known term in Emirati heritage, which refers to a person who acted as the judge in the past,” stated the director general of Dubai Courts.
According to him, the testing of the service programme began on February 1 and was made available to law firms on an optional basis.
Owing to its successful testing, the programme will be made mandatory from June 1, so that all cases presented to the Dubai Courts can be registered online from anywhere in the world.
He said Dubai Courts has launched its second programme which allows plaintiffs to access the file archive online and print their cases, judgments, decisions and other information, without the need to visit the Courts to acquire these papers.
In collaboration with its strategic partners (the law firms based in the emirate), Dubai Courts has launched a pro bono legal advice programme titled ‘Sure’, where volunteering lawyers can offer free legal consultations to litigants.
This policy is aimed at boosting confidence in the judiciary and facilitating litigation for the public, he stated.
Mohammed Al-Obaidli, the director of Cases Service Department, Dubai Courts, stressed the strategic importance of these e-services, especially ‘Al-Salfa’ programme.
He emphasised that the service will particularly save time for litigants, consequently increasing the efficiency of work and quality of service provided.
The exploitation of advanced systems, procedures and technologies to achieve speed and accuracy in case registration will help to directly fulfil the general requirements of the Dubai Courts, he added.
-TradeArabia News Service