By Sarah Townsend
Division will hear complex cases such as engineering disputes, AI-related claims
A specialist division has been set up within Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts to hear technology and construction-related disputes.
DIFC Courts announced on Sunday that the region’s technology and construction companies can now opt to have their most complex commercial disputes resolved by the new Technology and Construction Division (TCD).
The TCD has specialist judges and a set of industry-specific rules to fast-track dispute resolution, which DIFC Courts claims provides greater certainty to businesses in court. The division will only hear technically complex cases, it said.
Examples of construction disputes the TCD might hear include complicated engineering disputes or claims arising out of fire.
Technology-related cases may include liability for cybercrime incidents, disputes over the ownership and use of data and issues related to emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and connected cars.
Examples in the construction sector might include complicated engineering disputes or claims arising out of fires. Technology-related cases could include liability for cybercrime incidents, disputes over the ownership and use of data, and issues relating to emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence or connected cars.
The TCD will be headed by Justice Sir Richard Field, a British national, who joined DIFC Courts in 2015 following his tenure as Judge in Charge of London’s Commercial Court.
The DIFC Courts jurisdiction is open to parties located anywhere in the world – provided both parties agree in writing.
DIFC Courts’ Chief Justice Michael Hwang said: “The TCD has been designed around the particular characteristics of highly complex technology and construction disputes, which can be resolved much more speedily and efficiently with the oversight of specialist judicial expertise.
“This new division is another foundation stone in our work to build the courts of the future, and an important new service for businesses operating in two key sectors of the UAE economy.”
At the same time, DIFC Courts announced the launch of a new e-registry system to manage cases. It enables users to access case management information from their mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices in real time, it said.