Dubai Judicial Institute holds first session of the ‘Specialised Judicial Meeting’

Published March 15th, 2010 - 09:16 GMT

Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI), a leading centre of law studies and judicial training in Dubai, recently held the first session of the ‘Specialised Judicial Meeting.’ The open and independent monthly forum will bring courts together to discuss judicial and legal achievements, strategies and future plans as well as address key issues in the field of law. The meeting is one of many initiatives being launched by the Institute to build strategic partnerships among Dubai Courts with the aim of promoting the cooperative development of the country’s judicial system and strengthening the role of law in building an integrated knowledge-based society.

The inaugural session brought together judges from the Civil and Commercial Courts and was attended by Dr. Jamal Hussein Alsumaiti, Director General of the Dubai Judicial Institute; Dr. Ahmed Bin Hazim, Director General of Dubai Courts; Judge Jasem Al Baqer, Head of the Court of First Instance; Judge Omar Atiq Al Marri, Head of the Commercial Court; and Judge Omar Younis, Head of the Civil Court. The objectives of the meeting were to exchange experience and knowledge related to judicial practices and legal discussions so as to spread the values of justice and equality, and strengthen the judicial system in the emirate.

Dr. Ahmed Bin Hazim said: “The first session of the ‘Specialised Judicial Meeting’ is an important step in enhancing communication and achieving integration between the emirate’s courts and concerned legal departments. This is in accordance with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, himself. We would like to commend the Dubai Judicial Institute for its outstanding promotion of judicial transparency and its exemplary efforts to raise judicial standards and encourage qualified national human resources to fill leading positions in the judicial system.”

“In this context, we reiterate the commitment of the Heads of Dubai Courts to cooperate with the Institute in ensuring the success of this initiative, which we strongly believe will promote a culture of innovation and organisational excellence across the judicial system. The various activities organised by the Institute last year reflect its vital role in social development,” he added.

Dr. Jamal Hussein Alsumaiti said: “This meeting is one of the major initiatives included within the framework of our 2010 strategy. Through it, we intend to develop partnerships and improved cooperation among government agencies, judicial authorities and academic institutions specialised in upgrading Dubai’s judicial system and to adopt the best legal practices on a large scale. These will reinforce the contribution of the legal system to sustainable development in line with the objectives of Dubai Strategic Plan 2015, particularly in the areas of security, justice and safety.”

“We are confident that this initiative will help highlight legal issues and lead to their efficient resolution. It will also help improve the quality of judicial services in accordance with the highest international standards. We will continue our unified efforts to leverage the monthly meetings with our partners from various courts to achieve organisational and judicial integration among them,” he added.

The Dubai Judicial Institute was established in 1996 to help educate and train aspiring judges, prosecutors and their assistants, legal experts and lawyers. DJI also offers rehabilitation programs for public prosecutors to enhance their efficiency. The Institute also provides training and consultancy services to various agencies and institutions - both private and public – and conducts research and studies in all areas of law and jurisdiction, locally, regionally and globally.

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