DIFC Courts Rules of Court Order No. 1 of 2017 in Respect of Legal Representation in Hearings Before the Small Claims Tribunal of the DIFC Courts
I, Michael Hwang, Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts, make the following Order: In exercise of the powers conferred on me by Article 8(3)(a) of Dubai Law No. 9 of 2004, as amended; and after having reviewed:
Dubai Law No. 9 of 2004 in respect of the DIFC, as amended; Dubai Law No. 12 of 2004 in respect of the Judicial Authority at the DIFC, as amended; DIFC Law No. 10 of 2004 in respect of the DIFC Court Law; and
DIFC Order No. 1 of 2014 in respect of the Rules of the DIFC Courts
“Representation at a hearing
(1) Unless the SCT Judge orders otherwise, a party should present his own case at a hearing.
(2) A party may be represented at the hearing by a non-lawyer or lawyer only after obtaining permission from the SCT which is to be given where it appears to the SCT on reasonable grounds that it is necessary in the circumstances.
(3) If a party is allowed to be represented by a lawyer, or in house Counsel as permitted under Rule 53.53, the opposing party shall be informed and given the opportunity to be represented at the hearing.
(4) Parties’ attention is drawn to RDC Part 53.70.
Any of its full-time officers or employees (including in house Counsel) may represent a corporate party.” 
Michael Hwang Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts
Issued: 16 January 2017
 “Lawyer” in the context of SCT proceedings shall be taken to include DIFC registered practitioners as well as Mckenzie friends, which encompasses individuals who may be legally qualified but not licensed to practice before the DIFC Courts.
 Where a request is made for legal representation at an SCT hearing (as provided for under RDC 53.52 and 53.53), the SCT Registry shall be given 3 working days’ notice of the same, so as to enable them to inform the other side accordingly.
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