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Practice Direction No. 1 of 2012 Submission of Documents

Practice Direction No. 1 of 2012 Submission of Documents

January 3, 2012

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PRACTICE DIRECTION NO. 1 OF 2012

Submission of Documents

Citation

This Practice Direction will come into effect on the date of signature. It may be cited as Practice Direction 1 of 2012 — Submission of Documents and may be abbreviated to PD 1 of 2012. It supercedes and replaces Registrar’s Direction 5 of 2010.

Trials in the DIFC Courts:

Where the trial is fixed for a Sunday, or for a Monday where the Judge is hearing other matters on the Sunday:

All documents to be submitted for the trial must be received by the DIFC Courts’ Registry by no later than 10am on the Wednesday prior to the trial. Skeleton arguments to be filed with the DIFC Courts by no later than 2pm on the Thursday prior to the trial.

Where the hearing is fixed for a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, or for a Monday where the Judge is not hearing other matters on the Sunday, the timeframe for submissions is set out in the Rules of the DIFC Courts.

Heavy Applications (Rule 23.45 et al of the Rules of the DIFC Courts):

Where the hearing is fixed for a Sunday, or for a Monday where the Judge is hearing other matters on the Sunday:

All documents to be submitted for the hearing of the Heavy Application must be received by the DIFC Courts’ Registry by 10am on the Wednesday prior to the hearing date. Skeleton arguments to be exchanged and filed with the DIFC Courts by no later than 2pm on the Thursday prior to the hearing.

For all other applications to be heard by video conference, all documents must be received by the DIFC Courts’ Registry by (i) 10am on the Wednesday prior to any hearing fixed for a Monday or Tuesday, with Skeleton arguments to be filed with the Courts by 2pm on the Thursday prior to the hearing and (ii) 10am on the Sunday prior to any hearing fixed for a Wednesday or Thursday with Skeleton arguments to be filed with the Courts by 2pm on the day falling two working days prior to the hearing.

For each day that a submission or riling (as described in this Practice Direction) is delayed, a charge of US$200 will be applied to the party responsible for making the filing.

Nothing in this Practice Direction shall affect any directions or orders of the DIFC Courts in relation to a trial or hearing, nor does it affect any obligations prescribed by the Rules of the DIFC Courts for filings due before the referenced days.

Dated this 3rd day of January 2012
Chief Justice Michael Hwang

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