Fast-track res­o­lu­tion of cases be­gins

Khaleej Times - - NATION - Marie Nam­mour mary@khalee­j­

dubai — The pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion can set­tle mi­nor of­fences by im­pos­ing fines, in­stead of re­fer­ring the de­fen­dant to court in Dubai.

Im­ple­mented about two weeks ago, some res­i­dency cases have al­ready been set­tled un­der the new sys­tem. The new sys­tem will come into ef­fect at all the po­lice sta­tions across Dthe emi­rate.

As re­ported by Khaleej Times on Mon­day, sev­eral types of mi­nor of­fences are cov­ered, such as bounced cheques, mi­nor traf­fic cases, non-pay­ment of bills and dues, and slan­ders (ex­cep­tion of pub­lic of­fi­cers and rel­e­vant cy­ber­crimes). Un­der the new sys­tem, mi­nor of­fences will take only a few hours to set­tle mi­nor of­fences, and will re­duce the flow of cases in courts.

The new sys­tem in­cludes the modal­i­ties of no­ti­fy­ing the de­fen­dant of the date a com­plaint was filed at the com­pe­tent pros­e­cu­tion; the types of mi­nor of­fences and mis­de­meanor cases; and fine amounts to be im­posed by the spe­cially-as­signed mem­bers of pros­e­cu­tions of Deira, Bur Dubai, Fam­ily and Ju­ve­nile, Nat­u­ral­i­sa­tion and Res­i­dency, and Traf­fic.

The new sys­tem also reg­u­late the pro­ce­dure through which the fines shall be col­lected and the way the de­fen­dants can ob­ject to an order is­sued against them.

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