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FAQ

The list of Frequently Asked Questions and Answers that we usually get from new applications who would like to register in the DIFC Courts Registry and from the current Registered Practitioners. Browse through these questions and answers to get more information about the service.

I am a provisionally accepted Part II of the Register of Legal Practitioner, how do I notify the DIFC Courts of my first appearance before the DIFC Courts?

Provisionally accepted practitioners should contact the DIFC Courts by telephone or e-mail to registration@difccourts.ae at least 7 business days in advance of their first appearance before the DIFC Courts so that arrangements may be made for the Registrar,Deputy Registrar, Assistant Registrar or the Legal Conduct Officer to be present.

Do I need to be registered with the DIFC Courts to practice in arbitrations in the DIFC?

Registration with the DIFC Courts is not required for participation in arbitrations that are not before the DIFC Courts.

Can I make payment for a Registration or Renewal with my firm's credit facility with the DIFC Courts?

The DIFC Courts does not accept payments made with a credit facility used with the DIFC Courts.

How may I confirm if a lawyer is registered with my firm under Part I or under Part II?

Our Register of Practitioners is available online on the DIFC Courts’ website. Please note that it may take 24-48 hours processing time for new registrants to appear on this list.

My registration has lapsed, how may I be added to the Register of Practitioners again?

Registrations that have lapsed must send an e-mail to registration@difccourts.ae requesting a new registration. The applicant will be subject to the initial registration fees.

Are there mandatory Pro Bono requirements?

No, there are no mandatory Pro Bono requirements

Do Part I registered practitioners also require Part II registration to appear in DIFC Courts?

Part I registered legal practitioners may also conduct the following advocacy in the DIFC Courts:

  - Any application before a Registrar, Deputy Registrar or Assistant Registrar

- Case Management Conferences

- Hearings for progress monitoring

- SCT Cases

 

Part II practitioners with limited Rights of Audience may conduct the following advocacy in the DIFC Courts:

- All CFI application

- Any application before a Registrar, Deputy Registrar or Assistant Registrar

- Case Management Conferences

- Hearings for progress monitoring

- SCT Cases

 

Part II lawyers with Full Rights of Audience may conduct all mentioned in point 2 plus the following advocacy in the DIFC Courts:

- CFI Trial

- Appeal to the Court of Appeal

- An application for injunction

- Application to strike out a claim or a defence (including want of jurisdiction)

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