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Practice Direction No. 6 of 2013 DIFC Courts’ Pro Bono Account

Practice Direction No. 6 of 2013 DIFC Courts’ Pro Bono Account

September 16, 2013




DIFC Courts’ Pro Bono Account


This Practice Direction will come into effect on the date of signature. It may be cited as Practice Direction 6 of 2013 — DIFC Courts’ Pro Bono Account – and may be abbreviated to PD 6/2013.

This Practice Direction amends specific sections of Practice Direction No. 4 of 2011 on the DIFC Courts’ Pro Bono Fund. All remaining unaffected clauses shall remain as they are unaffected by this amendment. PD 4/2011 must be read in conjunction with PD 6/2013.

Rules that are affected by this amendment must be reviewed and rectified in the next Rules Review exercise.

Below are the clauses of PD 4/2011 that are amended and or omitted:

1. Clause 1 (a) to read: establishes the Pro Bono Account referred to in Rule 38.90 for the payment into of costs received in favour of a party represented pro bono under Rules 38.89.


2. Clause 2 is deleted.


3. Clause 3 to read: The Account shall be administered by the signatories of the account who are Chief Justice, the Deputy Chief Justice, the Registrar and the Deputy Registrar in accordance with the purposes of the Account.


4. Clause 4 to read: Any individual, group or organisation may apply to the Account by way of letter stating the kind of support that is required and why to the Pro Bono Programme Leader at the DIFC Courts Registry.


5. Clause 8 to read: All applications will be determined by the signatories. The Chief Justice will have the final determination.


6. Clause 9 to read: When making a decision on distribution of funds, the signatories will have an absolute discretion and the signatories do not accept any duty or liability to any individual, group or organisation seeking a distribution.


7. Clause 10 to read: All grants will be listed in available records, on the Court website and in its annual report.

Michael Hwang
Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts
Dated: 16 September 2013


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