Live video link to be introduced in Abu Dhabi courts

Move would allow trials to take place without a defendant being present

Video links will be introduced in Abu Dhabi to allow defendants to take part in trials without being present in court.
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A virtual courtroom is to be introduced in Abu Dhabi - after the green-light was given to plans to allow defendants to appear via video link.

Courts in the UAE capital are to allow trials to take place with the use of video conferencing, in cases where it is inconvenient to bring defendants from prison.

Abu Dhabi Judicial Department said the move will speed up the judicial process.

Chief Justice Alawadi Al Mahri, head of the Abu Dhabi penal courts, said the sessions will be transmitted live between court and the prison.

The new procedures follow federal law no 5, 2017, which allows the criminal and misdemeanour courts to hold trials through video conference, he said.

The department has not stated when video links will be rolled out in Abu Dhabi courts.


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