This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was made in Abu Dhabi as of 23-Rajab-1438 AH, 20 April 2017 AD, this MoU was concluded by & between:
First Party: The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD), with headquarters in Abu Dhabi. P.O. Box: (84), Fax: (02/4443267), represented by H.E. Chancellor Yousef Said Al-Abri, in his capacity as Abu Dhabi Judicial Department Undersecretary.
Second Party: DIFC Courts, with headquarters in Dubai, P.O. Box: (211724) Abu Dhabi, Tel: (04/4273333), Fax: (04/4273330), represented by H.E. Omar Juma Al Muhairi , in his capacity as Senior Judge of DIFC Courts, acting on behalf of Michael Hwang SC, Chief Justice of DIFC Courts.
Based on the keenness of both parties in consolidating the relationship between them through the establishment of a partnership to optimize the use of the vast capacities and expertise available to both parties;
Whereas, the ADJD is the governmental entity whose mission is upholding the rule of law to safeguard rights, freedoms and security of society and achieving a just and fulfilled judgment. The ADJD supervises and coordinates the primary legal and judicial mechanisms and processes that protect individual rights and safeguard the rule of law;
Whereas, the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts, which was established under Law No. 9 of 2004, has an independent judicial system with jurisdiction covering the DIFC, and is committed to ensuring the highest standards of judicial performance;
In accordance with the vision of the ADJD of achieving excellence and effectiveness within the framework of an independent judicial system and the provision of world-class judicial services as well as what that incorporates from the need to strengthen the bonds of co-ordination and co-operation with all judicial bodies and entities with jurisdictions inside & outside the UAE;
Whereas, the vision of the DIFC Courts is establishing and maintaining a world-class system of justice that is reliable, accessible, efficient and fair, with an unconditional commitment to the rule of law and the fulfillment of its statutory function. Furthermore, its mission is to uphold the principles of fairness and impartiality, and to consistently dispense equal justice according to the law and international best practices;
And based on the desire of the parties to establish co-ordination and co-operation in all fields of common interest.
The two parties have agreed to the following:
The previous introduction shall be considered an integral part to the MoU and shall be read and interpreted within the context of the agreement.
This MoU aims to achieve the following objectives:
Scope of Application
The purpose of this agreement is achieving mutual co-operation, rather than the amendment or repeal of any law or the requirements of the rules & regulations currently in effect. This, the two parties shall implement the provisions of this MoU without prejudice to their constitutive laws, law or legislation that is currently in effect in the UAE or any binding agreements or contracts signed by either party
Fields of Co-operation & Basic Principles
Within the framework of implementing the provisions of this MoU, the parties shall cooperate in the following areas:
Mechanism of Implementation
Duration of the Agreement and Expiration Date
Confidentiality and Publication
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