Abu Dhabi Courts introduce bilingual forms in English and Arabic

Move is being made to 'eliminate the language barrier' during the judicial process

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has launched bilingual court forms in Arabic and English in an effort to provide 'easier access" to legal services.

The adoption of the scheme is in line with the UAE Vision 2021 which was adopted to improve the economic and social development of the country.

The first phase of the dual language litigation system was launched last November.

It had previously been announced that plaintiffs in cases involving non-Arabic speakers would have to translate cases files into English, a first for the region.

This was applicable to cases involving civil and commercial suits.

Before then, all court files would only be available in Arabic and defendants would have to get them translated to find out what they were charged with.

Counsellor Yousif Saeed Al Abri, Undersecretary of the ADJD, said the new system “meets the international standards of legal services and satisfies the needs of residents in the emirate of Abu Dhabi”.


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