Date fixed in guardianship case

ABU DHABI — The Federal Supreme Court has set September 17 for a fresh hearing of the case, involving a national wanting her aged father to be placed under guardianship after declaring him senile and consequently legally incompetent.

By Adel Arafah

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Published: Sun 9 Jul 2006, 9:40 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:09 PM

Court records show Osha Ramadan filed a lawsuit in the Abu Dhabi Shariah Court against her aging father, who is in late sixties, seeking limitation of his legal competence since he suffered from senility and related problems.

The Abu Dhabi Shariah Court of First Instance, on May 30, last year, dismissed her petition and ordered her to pay the court expenses. The petitioner contested the verdict before the Abu Dhabi Shariah Court of Appeal, which however rejected her petition and upheld the earlier judgment.

Osha then approached the Federal Supreme Court, which over-ruled the verdict of the lower courts on the ground that the court alone cannot determine the sanity and actions of the father. The apex court ruled that the consultation of a competent medical specialist is essential before a verdict can be reached in this case.

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