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Dubai criminal cases soar by 23%

Increase attributed to more minor cases related to residency and traffic

Dubai criminal cases soar by 23%

The Dubai Primary Court handled 10,721 more criminal cases in 2015, a 23 per cent increase compared with the previous year, officials said on Monday.

The Court saw 57,187 criminal cases in 2015 from the 46,466 adjudicated in 2014, according to Dubai Courts Department’s (DCD) 2015 annual report launched by Taresh Al Mansouri, DCD’s general director.

“The increase in such [criminal] cases could be attributed to several factors such as increase in population, development and growth and, mainly, the increase in minor cases such as residency cases, traffic cases, cheque cases and other petty crimes,” Al Mansouri said in a report by Gulf News.

“It is a normal increase especially since DCD began the concept of afternoon courts and other small courts at police stations such as at Al Muraqqabat Court that handles minor and petty crimes,” said Chief Judge Eisa Mohammad Al Sharif, Head of Dubai Appeal Court.

The Dubai Appeal Court recorded an eight per cent decrease in criminal cases in 2015 with 8,945 cases adjudicated in comparison to the 9,708 cases in 2014.

A two per cent decrease was marked by the Cassation Court, which handled 938 criminal cases in 2015, compared with 940 cases in 2014.

“The report has reflected a significant improvement in the performance of the three courts, First Instance, Appeal and Court of Cassation [civil and criminal] and a remarkable progress in Dubai Government’s Unified Customer Complaints’ Portal, smart transformation and Emiratisation,” said Al Mansouri.

“It also achieved the targets of its Operational Plan 2015, which aimed to boost trust in the judicial system regionally and globally, promote the effectiveness of internal performance and attract qualified human resources through an incentive programme.”

Mohammad Abdul Rahman, director of DCD’s Administration of Strategy and Organisational Excellence, said: “According to the report, DCD has recorded an exemplary performance in Dubai Government’s Unified Customer Complaints’ Portal, achieving a 95 per cent success rate when compared with Dubai Government’s 75 per cent target for [solved complaints rate during seven working days’ index].”

According to the report, there was a five per cent increase in registering civil cases whereas 63,741 civil cases were registered in 2015 compared with 60,963 cases in 2014.