Thursday, 12 May 2011

Dubai: Consultation on Proposals to amend the Rules of the DIFC Court

As I said in my introduction to the DIFC Court, the Dubai International Financial Centre ("DIFC") has its own court. This is a special common law jurisdiction with its own legislation. I have already discussed the Centre's laws of confidence and passing off in this blog.

The Rules of the DIFC Court ("RDC") appear to be based on our Civil Procedure Rules ("CPR"). They share, for example, the same overriding objective and terminology. For instance, claims are brought by claimants and not by plaintiffs.

On 20 April 2011 proposed a number of amendments to the RDC following extensive discussions with the Rules Sub-Committee of the Court Users Committee. Details of the proposed rule changes can be viewed here. Many of these proposed changes will facilitate electronic filing of court documents.

The consultation ends on 23 May 2011. Responses should be emailed to

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