Sheikh Mohammed at the meeting. Image courtesy: Wam
Dubai launches one-day court initiative
DUBAI, March 9, 2017
Dubai Ruler has approved the "One Day Misdemeanour Court" initiative which is expected to cut waiting time at Dubai courts by 60 per cent.
UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid has approved the penal order law No 1 of 2017 and one day court to speed up the procedures and efficiency of the judicial work, said a Wam news agency report.
He stressed that the UAE is a state of institutions and law, and possesses an outstanding judicial system based on standardised mechanisms and systems.
One Day Court will save Dh40 million for government, it said.
During a meeting held at the Dubai Executive Council’s head office at Emirates Towers on Tuesday, Sheikh Mohammad ordered the implementation of the ‘One Day Court’ initiative at every police station with effect from Wednesday.
A pilot project of One Day Court was tried in 2015 involving the Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs, Al Muraqqabat police station, and the Traffic Department.
The initiative aims to curtail time required in investigation and prosecution by implementing a verdict in two phases in less than 24 hours.
Twenty-one types of cases would be looked into under this in 24 hours due to the existence of the prosecution and court on site, said a Gulf News report.
Types of cases to be handled to be handled by different authorities, according to the Gulf News report, are:
By the General Directorate of Residency: Illegal entry into the country; Returning after deportation; Staying in the country illegally; Working after a ban; Absconding
By the police station: Possession of alcoholic beverages; Consuming alcoholic beverages; Giving a cheque with malicious intent; Signing on the back of the cheque (without sufficient funds); Failure to pay due fees; Begging; Illegal vendors
By the Traffic Prosecution: Involvement in an accident that injured someone; Wrecking properties; Drinking and driving; Possessing alcoholic beverages illegally; Driving a car without a licence