The Abu Dhabi Courts.


English translations to be made compulsory in Abu Dhabi courts


DUBAI – In a first for the region, civil and commercial cases involving non-Arabic speaking defendants will be translated in English.

The new rule introduced by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) requires plaintiffs to have compulsory English translations of such cases beginning on Sunday.

The legislation applies to civil and commercial courts. Previously, all court documents were only presented in Arabic.

The new system does not apply to labour court cases, and criminal or misdemeanour court cases.

Abu Dhabi courts are the first in the region to add English as an official second language, according to Chief Justice Yousef Al Abri.

Al Abri said plaintiffs “should take responsibility of paying for the translation” as they initiated the case.

Currently, a page of translation costs Dh100. Some cases may involve up to 1,000 pages, proving costly if a defendant will need to have the case documents translated for their information.

To help non-Arabic speaking individuals, the ADJD has introduced bilingual court forms such as rental-dispute claims, notary public applications and notification requests.

It also created a WhatsApp group on 02 800 8353 to answer queries by non-Arabic individuals. GAD/Expat Media


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