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09 December 2023

No difficulties for Emirati women to enter field of law: Judge

Judge Al Ghafli firmly believes in the saying, ‘the accused is innocent until proven guilty’. (Supplied)

By Maryam Alyammahi

Emirati women can enter the judicial field provided they have the desire and motivation, said Judge Sheikha Al Ghafli of Dubai Courts.

Speaking to Emirates 24|7, she said there are no difficulties in the enrollment of Emirati women in the field of law.

Al Ghafli said she aimed to be a judge and studied Shariah law from UAE University because it suited her personality.

Judge Al Ghafli firmly believes in the saying, ‘The accused is innocent until proven guilty.’

“I never pronounce judgments until I am fully convinced about the judgment.”

“When we cannot decide on a verdict, we extend issuance of verdict to another date until we have a clear conclusion. However, we also ensure not to prolong the case for long,” she added.

Judge Al Ghafli also believes that no innocent person should be punished. “Even if 100 criminals escape, it doesn’t harm the judicial system, but imprisonment of one innocent person does,” she said. She added, “Freedom is a human right, so laws and regulations should protect that freedom.”

All her judgements are based on convincing court evidences and papers and not the features of the accused or the way they conduct themselves, she explained, and added that judicial work entails responsibility and a judge must act wisely.

Judge Al Ghafli began her career as a judge in the Primary Court before graduating to Civil Court, dealing in business and real estate cases, and currently she is a judge in the Criminal Court. She aims to be a judge with the highest judicial authority of the country.