Skip to Content

Practice Direction No. 1 of 2011 Small Claims Tribunal Practice

Practice Direction No. 1 of 2011 Small Claims Tribunal Practice

May 4, 2011





Small Claims Tribunal Practice


This Practice Direction will come into effect on the date of issue. It may be cited as Practice Direction 1 of 2011 — Small Claims Tribunal Practice and may be abbreviated to PD 1/2011.

1. This Practice Direction should be read in conjunction with the Rules of the DIFC Courts (“RDC”) and in particular RDC Part 53 — Small Claims Tribunal (“SCT”), and DIFC Courts Order No. 1 of 2010 in respect of The DIFC Courts Small Claims Tribunal (Limits of Jurisdiction) (the “Order“).


2. Where the Order refers to “amount of the claim or the value of the subject-matter of the claim” this shall not be deemed to include legal fees or interest.


3. Where the Order refers to the SCT’s jurisdiction to hear claims exceeding AED 100,000 (one hundred thousand UAE Dirhams) but not exceeding AED 500,000 (five hundred thousand UAE Dirhams) pursuant to an election in writing by all parties to the claim that it be heard by the SCT, neither party shall be able to withdraw such election without the approval of a SCT Judge.


4. Where a claimant is bringing claims based on separate invoices, the SCT Judge may treat these claims as a single consolidated claim under RDC 4.2(7) for the purposes of deciding whether the amount in dispute exceeds the limits of the SCT’s jurisdiction.


5. RDC 53.10 states that “The Claimant must include in the claim form the name and address for service of the Defendant, together with any other available contact information.” Where the Defendant is a company, the Claimant shall furnish proof of address where, to the best of his knowledge, the officers of Company may be found.

Michael Hwang
Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts

Dated:4 May 2011


Privacy Policy

The Dubai International Financial Centre and all its affiliates are committed to preserve the confidentiality, integrity and availability of client data and personal information.

Dubai International Financial Centre and all its affiliates employees, vendors, contract workers, shall follow Information Security Management System in all the processes and technology.

  1. DIFC Courts's Top Management is committed to secure information of all our interested parties.
  2. Information security controls the policies, processes, and measures that are implemented by DIFC Courts in order to mitigate risks to an acceptable level, and to maximize opportunities in order to achieve its information security objectives.
  3. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall adopt a systematic approach to risk assessment and risk treatment.
  4. DIFC Courts is committed to provide information security awareness among team members and evaluate the competency of all its employees.
  5. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall protect personal information held by them in all its form.
  6. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall comply with all regulatory, legal and contractual requirements.
  7. DIFC Courts and all its affiliates shall provide a comprehensive Business Continuity Plan encompassing the locations within the scope of the ISMS.
  8. Information shall be made available to authorised persons as and when required.
  9. DIFC Courts’s Top Management is committed towards continual improvement in information security in all our processes through regular review of our information security management system.


The content of the DIFC Courts website is provided for information purposes only and should be disregarded when making decisions on inheritance and any other matters. Whilst every reasonable effort is made to make the information and commentary accurate and up to date, the DIFC Courts makes no warranties or representations to you as to the accuracy, authenticity or completeness of the content on this website, which is subject to change at any time without notice. The information and commentary does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice by the DIFC Courts or any person employed or connected with it or formerly so employed or connected, to any person on any matter, be it in relation to inheritance, succession planning or otherwise. You are strongly advised to obtain specific, personal advice from a suitably qualified lawyer in relation to your personal circumstances and your objectives. The DIFC Courts does not assume any liability and shall not be liable to you for any damages, including but not limited to, direct or indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, losses or expenses arising in connection with this website, its administration and any content or lack thereof found on it. The information on this web site is not to be displayed except in full screen format. Although care has been taken to provide links to suitable material from this site, no guarantee can be given about the suitability, completeness or accuracy of any of the material that this site may be linked to or other material on the internet. The DIFC Courts cannot accept any responsibility for the content of material that may be encountered therein.