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One-day courts to be set up in RAK

Crown Prince issues resolution establishing courts to settle civil and commercial cases with a value of less than Dh20,000

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Ras Al Khaimah: Ras Al Khaimah will have one-day courts dedicated to settle civil and commercial cases whose value do not exceed Dh20,000, it was announced on Tuesday.

Shaikh Mohammad Bin Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince of Ras Al Khaimah and Chairman of the Judiciary Council, issued a resolution establishing the courts on Tuesday.

Resolution No 38 of 2016 stipulates that the one-day courts be set up in the emirate to exclusively look into civil and commercial cases lodged on the same day and issue the ruling. The court will consist of a single judge and one staff.

The two parties of litigation can lodge their case directly before the court, which will examine it and issue the ruling on the same day.

The resolution stipulates that litigation procedures before the one-day courts will be made available online. It also says that the judge will issue the ruling on the same day of filing the case after hearing the parties of litigation and examine the case.

Rulings issued by these courts are binding and enforceable by law. The judge shall estimate court fees, enforcement of the sentence and its binding or forgiveness. He will have to write down the executive wording of the sentence.

In accordance with articles 7 and 8, enforcement judge at the Court of First Instance is tasked with the implementation of rulings issued by these courts.

The resolution will come into effect as of January 1, 2017.

Ahmad Mohammad Al Khateri, Chairman of Ras Al Khaimah Courts Department, praised the decision, which comes as part of integrated package of initiatives supported by Shaikh Mohammad to develop the judicial system and speed up litigation procedures.

He said that these initiatives included all phases of judicial action and are based on accurate scientific studies and founding that determined the reasons behind delays in courts of their various circuits.

The decision was also based on the outcome of work teams that were tasked to develop ways to overcome obstacles to ensure the speedy and smooth process of judicial proceedings.