The Center for Amicable Settlement of Disputes of Dubai Courts settled 1,559 cases in 2015, an increase of 86% over 2014.
Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, Director-General of Dubai Courts, said Dubai aims to simplify litigation by resolving disputes amicably, and added that the increase in numbers this year reflects litigants’ desire to solve their disputes in friendly and mutually satisfying ways.
Al Mansouri also said that the Center for Amicable Settlement of Disputes reinforces its role every year in accelerating the litigation process by providing alternative ways to solve civil, real estate and business disputes.
The centre's role is not limited to friendly and quick settlements but also contributes to maintaining the economic and social well-being of the society.
“Dubai Courts is committed to accelerate its procedures in various sectors,” said Al Mansouri. “Dubai Courts has developed the center to save effort, time and costs for the parties involved in conflicts through compromised formula.”
The center seeks to find an amicable solution within a month of the first session with the help of mediators. This period may be extended by the judge’s order. If the disputants reach a settlement, there is a reconciliation agreement signed by both parties and attested by a competent judge.
This agreement then becomes a legally enforceable document. If an amicable settlement is not feasible, the case is referred to a specialised court. Recently, commercial and real estate disputes were transferred to the Center for Amicable Settlement of Disputes in Business Village near the Clock Tower in Deira,
Mohamed Amin Mubashri Al Marzouki, Head of the Center for Amicable Settlement of Disputes - Dubai Courts said: “A significant number of disputes were resolved in less than a month, except the ones extended by the judge’s order, which makes the Center one of the best in performance globally. These settled disputes were supported by a full documentation through a reconciliation agreement signed by the disputing parties,”
“The Center constantly qualifies a number of mediators with expertise in legal proceedings to communicate with the parties in the conflict and negotiate based on social, Islamic values, and economic benefits. The mediators then present the number of solutions available in the quest to reach a mutually satisfying solution,” added Al Marzouki.
Upon reaching a settlement, 50% of the registration fee is refunded, to encourage parties to accept the conciliation if the case was registered before 1st September 2015. As for the ones after, half the fees are required for payment when registering, and the other half should be paid in case of referral to the court, to encourage disputing parties to reach to a settlement at the Center itself.
The Center For Amicable Settlement of Disputes is authorised to conduct a settlement process, by referring some cases to the settlement center in which they study the dispute and claims of the parties and present the legal settlement which guarantee the rights of both parties to reach a satisfying solution in few hours at some cases noted Al Marzouki.
The cases that do not fall under the jurisdiction of the center are provisional and summary proceedings and orders, lawsuits where the government is one of disputing parties, lawsuits which are outside the Courts’ jurisdiction, lawsuits registered at the court before the application of the provisions of this law, labour disputes, and personal status related disputes.