Jafza, Dubai Courts debut smart court to manage labour lawsuits

Smart Court will allow Dubai Courts' judges to conduct hearings through secure connections in their chambers

The samrt court will be located in a chamber in Jafza. [representational image]
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The samrt court will be located in a chamber in Jafza. [representational image]

UAE’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) has revealed that it has collaborated with Dubai Courts to set up a virtual reality smart court to handle labour lawsuits which involve companies operating from Jafza and its other business units.

Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), Jafza will set up a chamber for the smart court which will conduct hearings and resolve these through live direct transmission broadcasting sessions between the Dubai Courts judges and the concerned parties.

A statement by Dubai Media Office (DMO) revealed that an electronic link will be established between Jafza’s systems and the Dubai Court service system (Labour Courts), which will help the parties connect securely.

According to DMO, higher level of cybersecurity systems will help judges, lawyers, companies and complainants to be connected during the hearing.

Chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director of DP World UAE and CEO of Jafza, Mohammed Al Muallem, said in a statement: “With over 8,600 companies and more than 144,000 jobs sustained within Jafza and its business units, our legal departments handle a multitude of cases at once."

He added: “The Smart Court is a qualitative leap for our free zones’ legal and judicial processes and will help us deliver savings in time, cost and most importantly the distress caused to the litigants required to commute long distances between their base in the free zone and Dubai Courts.”

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