Abu Dhabi in­cludes Hindi as third of­fi­cial court lan­guage

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

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 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 five 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.

"This is in ad­di­tion to fa­cil­i­tat­ing regis­tra­tion pro­ce­dures to the pub­lic through sim­pli­fied and easy forms and rais­ing lit­i­gants' le­gal aware­ness via in­ter­ac­tive forms of the state­ments of claims, to en­sure ac­cess to the le­gal ma­te­ri­als re­lated to the sub­ject of the dis­pute," Al Abri was quoted as say­ing by the Khaleej Times.

He in­di­cated that the ex­ten­sion of the adop­tion of in­ter­ac­tive forms in sev­eral lan­guages comes un­der the di­rec­tives of Sheikh Man­sour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter of Pres­i­den­tial Af­fairs and ADJD Chair­man.

Al Abri ex­plained that the adop­tion of new lan­guages comes as part of the bilin­gual lit­i­ga­tion sys­tem, the first phase of which was launched in Novem­ber 2018, through the adop­tion of pro­ce­dures re­quir­ing the plain­tiffs to trans­late the case doc­u­ments in civil and com­mer­cial law­suits into English, if the de­fen­dant is a for­eigner.

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