Dubai Judicial Institute (DJI), a leading centre of law studies and judicial training in Dubai, recently held its first Board of Directors meeting for 2010. Included in the agenda were a review of the 2009 DJI annual report and plans for the current year.
Essam Al Humaidan, Attorney General and Chairman of DJI, invited the board members to join the session. Among the attendees were H.E. Dr. Ahmed Bin Hazim, Director General of Dubai Courts; Dr. Jamal Alsumaiti, DJI Director General; Dr. Lowai Belhoul, Director General of the Legal Affairs Department of Dubai Government; H.E. Ahmed Bin Humaidan, Director General of Dubai eGovernment; Brigadier Dr. Ahmed Al Mansouri, Deputy Director of Dubai Police Academy; and Attorneys Abdel Mon'im Al Suwaidan.
Dr. Alsumaiti led a review of DJI’s annual report for 2009, which included information from the board of directors and the technical committee, the Administrative and Financial Department, the Rehabilitation and Training Department, and the Research and Studies Department. Dr. Alsumaiti also presented commemorative plaques to board members in recognition of their outstanding efforts to support the Institute’s vision of promoting the best judicial practices and strengthening its position as a regional hub for legal and judicial excellence. Dr. Hazim commended the efforts of DJI’s Director General, particularly his firm commitment to achieving excellence in line with the Dubai Strategic Plan 2015.
Also discussed during the sidelines of the meeting were the Institute’s plans for 2010; the organization’s training vision; and the comprehensive approach adopted to develop training programs in accordance with the highest international standards. The implementation of interactive learning approaches based on adult learning principles and the enhancement of institutional and individual capabilities were likewise evaluated.
Major DJI projects and initiatives were reviewed, including knowledge management; the Leader Experience Knowledge, the event to mark the silver jubilee of the UAE’s Civil Transactions Act; Judicial Officiary Program; the Experts Development Program; the Expertise Dialogue; the Law Forum; the Institute’s six-volume book publications; and its planned online portal. The Institute’s Director General read the work progress report, which highlighted important visits from local, regional and international delegations; major agreements; and training and development aimed at qualifying national human resources in accordance with the highest standards and global best practices. The board was also informed about achievements and results for 2009, which saw 1,284 trainees participating in DJI activities to represent a 91 per cent growth over 2008.
The completion of DJI’s Employee Manual was also announced. The document informs employees of their rights and duties and helps them attain a thorough understanding of work relations. It will promote high levels of job satisfaction, commitment, and cooperation among employees from the Institute’s various departments.
Dr. Alsumaiti said: “This board meeting is in line with our strategy to improve the mechanisms of law enforcement and further develop the country’s judicial system in accordance with the highest international standards. We highlighted last year’s activities and achievements and discussed planned initiatives and projects within 2010. The most important of this year’s projects is knowledge management, which aims to enhance intellectual capital and encourage creativity and consequently promote these on a larger scale to society.”
“We also explored the possibility of implementing the portal project within this year with particular commitment to integration, efficiency, and simplicity. We will certainly continue our work with the Chairman and board members to follow up the implementation of all recommendations and decisions that support our vision of promoting law as a cornerstone for building an integrated society based on knowledge,” he added.
Board members were given a presentation on the portal project, which is included in the broader knowledge management program. This project is intended to present the Institute as a regional hub for legal and judicial excellence and enhance communication with its target audience of students, graduates, researchers, and employees of government departments and private organisations. It is also aimed at promoting partnerships with local and international academic institutions as well as related government bodies and organisations and private institutions.
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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