Abu Dhabi makes Hindi of­fi­cial

■ In­di­ans can now learn about le­gal pro­ce­dures, rights

Deccan Chronicle - - Front Page -

Dubai, Feb. 10: In a land­mark de­ci­sion, Abu Dhabi has in­cluded Hindi as the third of­fi­cial lan­guage used in its courts, along­side Ara­bic and English, as part of a move de­signed to im­prove ac­cess to jus­tice.

The Abu Dhabi Ju­di­cial Depart­ment (ADJD) on Satur­day said it has ex­tended the adop­tion of in­ter­ac­tive forms of state­ment of claims filed be­fore courts by in­clud­ing the Hindi lan­guage along­side Ara­bic and English in labour cases.

This is aimed at help­ing Hindi speak­ers to learn

about lit­i­ga­tion pro­ce­dures, their rights and du­ties with­out a lan­guage bar­rier, in ad­di­tion to fa­cil­i­tat­ing reg­is­tra­tion pro­ce­dures via uni­fied forms avail­able through the ADJD web­site, the ju­di­cial body said.

Ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial fig­ures,

the UAE pop­u­la­tion is es­ti­mated to be around nine mil­lion of which 2/3rd are im­mi­grants from for­eign coun­tries.

The In­dian com­mu­nity in the UAE, num­ber­ing 2.6 mil­lion, con­sti­tutes 30 per cent of the to­tal pop­u­la­tion and is the largest ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­nity in the coun­try.

Yousef Saeed Al Abri, un­der­sec­re­tary of the ADJD, said the adop­tion of mul­ti­lin­gual in­ter­ac­tive forms for claim sheets, griev­ances and re­quests, aims to pro­mote ju­di­cial ser­vices in line with the plan To­mor­row 2021, and in­crease the trans­parency of lit­i­ga­tion pro­ce­dures.

He said that the adop­tion of new lan­guages comes as part of the bilin­gual lit­i­ga­tion sys­tem, the first phase of which was launched in Novem­ber, 2018. —

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