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Specialized Jurisdiction

Out of ADJD keenness to support the direction towards specialized judicial
work, with the aim to enhance performance and speed up the resolving of

Moreover, ADJD has concluded a special agreement with the International Council of Arbitration for Sport (ICAS) to establish a center for the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Abu Dhabi, making the first international seat outside the Swiss city of Lausanne.

Abu Dhabi Criminal Court

It has been established under decree No. 11 of 2018, issued by the Chairman of ADJD. The court is composed of a chief justice and a sufficient number of judges and administrative staff to carry out the necessary administrative and clerical work. The court is located in Abu Dhabi city, and has the same geographical jurisdiction of Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance and its subsidiary courts. The court has the power to hear criminal cases in its various chambers of felony, misdemeanor and offences in accordance with the Penal Code and the criminal legislations governing the city of Abu Dhabi. Courts within the jurisdiction of Al Ain Court of First Instance and Al Dhafra Court of First Instance have the competence to hear cases brought before through its felony chambers consisting of three judges, as well as misdemeanor and offense chambers consisting of a single judge

Abu Dhabi Commercial Court ​

The Abu Dhabi Commercial Court was established in May 2008 on the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, to cope with the rapid growth of Abu Dhabi's booming business sector and out of the need for fair, effective and innovative judicial services. This court comes under the general court system and comprises of minor and major chambers at the first level, and of appellate court. It is assisted by a reconciliation committee whose role is to find amicable solutions to disputes. The mission of the Commercial Court is to provide businesses and companies with excellent judicial services, taking advantage of the latest sophisticated technologies. The court has a vision to achieve justice through the application of best practices in this jurisdiction at the world level. The court takes into account the peculiarities of commercial litigants and the importance of time factor for businesses.

Abu Dhabi Labour Court ​ ​

The Abu Dhabi Labor Court was established with the aim of providing a judicial system that meets the requirements of Abu Dhabi labor market. The court is located in Musaffah where the majority of Abu Dhabi laborers reside; and it has the competence to consider cases involving workers in the private sector, through the application of the Labor Law and the Human Rights Charter, taking into account speed and fairness while resolving cases. The Labor court consists of five "minor" chambers, one "major" chamber two "appeal" chambers, and one "enforcement" division. In accordance with Decision No. 22 of 2018 issued by H.H. Chairman of ADJD, a specialized court has been established in the city of Abu Dhabi under the name of Abu Dhabi Labour Court. The court has the same geographical jurisdiction of Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance and its subsidiary, and comprises of minor and major chambers at the first level, and of appellate court, in addition to an enforcement division. Under the supervision of the Labor Court, a fast-track labour chamber has been established, which has jurisdiction over all minor simple labor cases. Besides, the labour court considers labor summary matters.

The Personal Status and Inheritance Chambers For Non- Muslims

In line with the decision of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, two new chambers for both Personal Status and Inheritance cases were established recently in Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance. The two circuits started functioning as of 05.02.2017 .


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