Dubai tribunal to settle disputes between heirs of property
Sheikh Mohammed issues decision to set up special tribunal.
A special tribunal to resolve disputes between heirs in relation to the sale of inherited residential property has been formed in Dubai.
In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued the decision to form the tribunal.
It aims to protect the rights and interests of all parties concerned, especially the elderly, minors, femes sole, divorced women, widows and people of determination. Members of the tribunal will include legal, financial and real-estate experts. The Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council will name the president of the special tribunal.
The decision authorises the special tribunal to adjudicate and issue rulings on disputes between heirs regarding the sale of inherited residential property. It will also adjudicate and issue rulings on appeals against the decisions and procedures issued by the Department of Land and Property in Dubai or the Mohammed bin Rashid Housing Establishment.
If the act of partition of the inherited real property is impossible, or will cause harm or significantly reduce the value of the property, the special tribunal may auction it and duly distribute the money between the heirs.
In all its decisions and litigations, the special tribunal must respect the articles of the Federal Law No. (11) of 1992, as amended, and protect the rights and interests of heirs. It will not accept or review any case unless the petitioner or the plaintiff submits a legal document proving the heirs could not reach an amicable settlement.
Pursuant to the decision, all courts in Dubai, including DIFC Courts and other special tribunals, will not review any petition or appeal related to disputes between heirs in relation to the sale of inherited residential property.
All judgements, decisions and orders issued by the special tribunal are final and incontestable, and the Execution Court in Dubai shall duly execute the judgements, decisions and orders. It will exercise its authorities pursuant to the laws and legislations applied in Dubai and Sharia Law.
The Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council will name the entity responsible for providing technical and administrative support to the special tribunal.
This decision is active from its date of issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.
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