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Dubai Launches Special Inheritance Court

Dubai Launches Special Inheritance Court

Monday, 18 April, 2022 - 09:30
Dubai is seeking to develop the judicial system by launching a specialized inheritance court. (WAM)

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council, launched Sunday a special inheritance court within Dubai Courts dedicated to handling inheritance cases.

The new court will allow cases and requests related to inheritance to be handled by a single judicial body within a specific time frame.

This step comes in line with Dubai’s constant efforts to improve the judicial system in Dubai Courts, modernize the litigation process and create a world-class judicial system that contributes to further strengthening social and economic wellbeing in the emirate.

The inheritance court will be chaired by a Court of Cassation judge and its members will include a judge from each of the Court of Appeals and the Court of First Instance.

Depending on each case, the special inheritance court will bring together judges with diverse specializations.

The preparation time for cases heard by the court should not exceed 30 days from the date of registration, and the litigation process should not exceed 12 months, unless the judge chairing the court deems otherwise.

It is tasked with settling inheritance lawsuits, which include inventory listing disputes, liquidation or division of inheritance among heirs, and civil, real estate, commercial and other lawsuits arising from inheritance disputes.

Its verdicts are final and not subject to appeal by ordinary means.

The court, which serves as a single authority to settle inheritance lawsuits spanning civil, real estate and commercial disputes, aims to eliminate procedural hurdles and delays and expedite litigation processes.

The court also seeks to preserve social and family bonds by ensuring speedy settlement of inheritance lawsuits.

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