Rise in Number of Cases Filed in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI - The courts of first instance in the emirate of Abu Dhabi registered 110 per cent increase in the number of cases filed during 2008 as compared to those filed in 2007.



By (Staff Reporter)

Published: Tue 24 Feb 2009, 2:01 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:33 AM

Of the 130,868 cases filed last year, verdicts were issued in 128,606 cases.

In the Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance alone, 97,880 cases were filed in 2008, compared to 43,709 cases in the previous year and verdicts were issued in 96,276 cases.

Counsellor Abdurrahman Ghanem, head of the Court of First Instance in Abu Dhabi, explained that since Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance was the largest chamber of courts, it was logical that it recorded the highest number of cases among all the courtsof Abu Dhabi.

“Those who followed the movement of cases through the courts last year, will notice that the Court of First Instance looked into and issued its rulings with very high accuracy,” Ghanem pointed out.

He added that the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department was keen on providing high quality service to the people.

“Therefore the Judicial Department improved its services to facilitate the procedures for the applicants, during and after the trial,” said the counsellor.

He explained that the Judicial Department provided the courts with modern techniques, which was reflected positively in the expansion of judicial services and access to them in all parts of the emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Ghanem said, “The department enhanced electronic services for legal procedures through easy-to-use electronic format, such as registering the cases electronically, and electronic archiving of the cases.”

He said that the Al Ain Court of First Instance witnessed a big increase in the number of cases, both in the number of cases filed and verdicts issued.

The total number of cases filed in the Al Ain Court of First Instance in 2008 was 30,428, compared with 15,791 cases during 2007.

The total number of cases filed with the Western Region Court of First Instance in 2008 was 2,560 while verdicts were issued in 2508 cases.

The increase in the number of court cases was due to the persistence of litigants in taking minor issues to courts, Brigadier Mohammed Saleh Badda, director-general of Public Relations and Moral Guidance in the Ministry of Interior, said.

The key role of the community police regarding this issue, is to reduce the number of law suits by raising awareness among the people, he said and added that the community police spares no effort in promoting interaction between the various segments of the society and the police department.

Cassation and Appeals Courts

The courts of cassation and appeals of the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department settled 93 per cent of cases they looked into last year. The Court of Cassation issued verdicts in 852 out of 928 cases it examined in 2008.

Alal Al Oboudi, Chairman of the Court of Cassation, said the court had recorded a 100 per cent performance. The court issued judgment on 120 commercial law suits. Out of 141 civil cases filed, 133 were settled, and 139 out of the 141 personal status cases, too,were settled.

With regard to criminal cases, 460 out of 523 cases were settled. The court also resolved three administrative cases.

On the performance of the Court of Appeals, Chairman Mohammed Al Oboudi, said the number of cases filed in 2008 was 5,777, and verdicts were issued in 5,252 cases. In 2008, 2996 cases were filed with the Al Ain Court of Appeals, of which 2,878 cases were settled.

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