Dubai Judicial Institute discusses strategies for 2010 during sixth meeting of board of directors

Published January 18th, 2010 - 07:19 GMT

Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI), a leading centre of law studies and judicial training in Dubai, has recently concluded the sixth meeting of its board of directors, which was spearheaded by Essam Al Humaidan, Attorney General and Chairman of DJI. The meeting was attended by H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Hazim, Director General of Dubai Courts; Judge Dr. Jamal Alsumaiti, Director General of Dubai Judicial Institute; H.E. Dr. Lowai Belhoul, Director General of the Legal Affairs Department of Dubai Government; H.E. Ahmed bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment; and lawyer Abdel Mon'im Al Suwaidan. The meeting aimed to discuss the Institute’s strategies for 2010, with a focus to promote the best judicial practices and to strengthen the Institute’s position as a regional hub for legal and judicial excellence.

The Dubai Judicial Institute's workflow report was presented during the meeting, with the members unanimously commending the significant progress and excellent achievements in terms of initiatives and events, which have been organised regularly. Having gained significant insight on the current and future activities and work of DJI, the board members comprehensively discussed about the preparations for the conference to be held in October 2010 to mark the Silver Jubilee of Civil Transactions Law.

Also during the meeting, Dr. Ahmed bin Hazim was appointed unanimously by the board members as Vice Chairman of DJI in accordance with article 7 of the Institute’s bylaws. Furthermore, the meeting discussed the launch of a contest for law students in the UAE, which is the first of its kind in the country. Details of the competition will be announced at a press conference soon.

The board members also approved the Institute’s agreement with Ajman University of Science and Technology and the draft cooperation agreement with the National Committee to Combat Human Trafficking. The move is in line with the Institute’s strategy for 2010 to promote mutual cooperation and to strengthen partnerships and agreements with key figures as well as local, regional and international organisations.

Commenting on the meeting, Judge Dr. Jamal Alsumaiti said: “Organising the sixth meeting for the board of directors is in line with our strategy to promote Dubai’s position on the global legal map and to further develop the legal and judicial system in line with Dubai Strategic Plan 2015, particularly in the critical areas of security, justice and safety. We aim to achieve our goals by intensifying efforts to boost the competency of national human resources, while enhancing legal expertise and knowledge according to best international practices. Furthermore, we can say that the meeting’s results were positive at several levels, especially as it facilitated the launch of several initiatives by the Institute and promoted Dubai as a major platform to launch these initiatives. In this regard, we reaffirm our commitment to move forward in implementing the decisions and provisions of this meeting to reach our goal of emphasising the role of the law in creating an integrated society based on knowledge.”

With the confidence shown by government agencies and private organisations in the UAE in the programs and activities of the Institute, the board of directors also approved a number of scholarships in the country's military judiciary. Furthermore, the Institute adopted the Judicial Officiary Program in Dubai, which aims to qualify members of the judiciary control in accordance with the requirements of the job market, taking into account the various disciplines in this area and empowering them with the required legal expertise to enhance their performance and abilities. The move also encourages them to be more involved in developing the legal and judicial system of the country. To boost legal knowledge and promote cultural development, particularly in line with efforts to establish an integrated society and achieve long-term sustainable development, the Institute has also approved the publication of a series of legislative and legal books.

The Dubai Judicial Institute was established in 1996 as an independent department. The Institute was mainly found to provide rehabilitation programs and all-year training courses for aspiring judges, lawyers, district attorneys and their legal agents. Its main goal is to be the regional center for promoting judicial transparency, raising judicial training standards and encouraging promising and qualified UAE nationals to occupy key positions in the judicial system. The Institute, as part of its future plans, aims to provide legal consultancy to various public and private organisations in the UAE and conduct research and studies in all legal and judicial areas.

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