New judges take office at DIFC
Six newly-appointed judges at Dubai International Financial Centre Court took an oath of office yesterday – including the first woman to hold the position.
The new judges include David AR Williams, Anthony Coleman, Tan Seri Dato Siti Norma Yaakob and Sir John Chadwick. The other two judges are UAE nationals – Omar Juma Al Muhairy, and Ali Shamis Mohammed Al Midhani.
The judges pledged before His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai to uphold justice, respect the laws of the land and discharge their duties without fear or favour.
In turn, Sheikh Mohammed urged the judges to deal with all cases brought before them with the utmost transparency to achieve justice for all in order to “consolidate the confidence in our justice and financial systems”.
The Governor of the DIFC courts, Dr Omar Mohammed Ahmed bin Sulaiman, said the appointment of world-class judges to the DIFC Courts reflects the rapid growth and expansion of the centre, which adopts international standards in the settling legal disputes, adding that it also reflects the adoption of a judicial system that is based on international best practices.
Dr Sulaiman assured international firms operating in the country the DIFC Courts have competent and highly reputable judges with the vast legal experience necessary to deal with cases brought before them.
Also present at the ceremony were Minister of Economy Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Executive Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation Sultan bin Sulayem, Director- General of Dubai Protocol and Guests Department Khalifa Saeed Sulaiman and DIFC Courts Chief Justice Sir Anthony Evans. Dubai International Financial Centre Courts were established under laws enacted by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2004. The courts deal with matters arising within the DIFC. (Wam)
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