Emirati woman appointed to top DIFC Courts job

Amna Sultan Al Owais is promoted to serve as co-chief executive and registrar
By Staff writer
Tue 23 May 2017 02:28 PM

One of the UAE’s top legal talents, Amna Sultan Al Owais, has been promoted to serve as co-chief executive and registrar of the DIFC Courts, underscoring the Courts’ commitment to increase female participation in the highest echelons of the country’s judicial sector. 

Al Owais has been at the centre of DIFC Courts’ success since 2006, playing instrumental roles in establishing and operating the region’s first Small Claims Tribunal and Pro Bono Programme, a statement said.

It added that she was the first Emirati to chair the DIFC Courts’ Court Users Committee, and spearheaded the creation of the first Case Management System for the Courts. Her achievements saw her recognised by the International Bar Association as one of the top three young lawyers in the world.  

DIFC Courts Chief Justice Michael Hwang said: “It is a pleasure to appoint such a qualified and knowledgeable individual to the key position of co-chief executive and registrar. Amna is an exceptional asset to the DIFC Courts and I wish her every success in the next phase of her career.”

As registrar, she will have a judicial function, in addition to her current role as a Small Claims Tribunal Judge. She will

Al Owais said: “The experience I have gained working at the DIFC Courts over the last decade has been invaluable and it is a privilege to now take on the role of co-chief executive and registrar.

"The DIFC Courts are a benchmark for judicial excellence across the world, and to be given the opportunity to significantly contribute to the organisation’s future success is a great honour.”

Al Owais replaces Mark Beer as registrar, who becomes registrar general and who will serve as co-chief executive of the DIFC Courts alongside her. Beer will remain as chief executive of the DIFC’s Dispute Resolution Authority.

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