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New technologies could help bring UAE legal system to the world stage

DIFC Courts chief executive Amna Al Owais said new opportunities will arise as legal processes keep pace with changing times

New technologies could help bring UAE legal system to the world stage
Chief executive of DIFC Courts Amna Al Owais.

Regularly adjusting laws and the legal process to keep pace with changing times can help bring legal systems to the world stage, said the chief executive of DIFC Courts Amna Al Owais.

Fast-moving legislation, as a result of disruptive technologies, could place the UAE among the world’s top international legal systems, she said.

“To be part of the global scene today, and an example to future governments, [some] laws will need a closer look. Legislation needs to have continuous development and improvement, so that what was created in 1990 can cater to needs in 2020,” Al Owais said.

“Achieving that end requires means to handling legislation faster, possibly through innovative technologies."

Introducing public consultations for the overall community could also help further that goal, said the chief executive.

DIFC Courts launched a pro bono program in 2009 to help those incapable of hiring a lawyer to represent them. It included 50 local and international local courts.

Al Owais said lawyers in the UAE should aspire to gain greater accessibility to practice in foreign jurisdictions.

“In an ideal world, I would like to see Emirati lawyers be able to practice in the UAE as well as overseas,” she said.

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