DIFC Courts

Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 27 July 2022: His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has issued Decree No. 29 of 2022 promoting His Excellency Justice Ali Shamis Al Madhani to Deputy Chief Justice, and appointing four (4) new judges at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts.

The virtual swearing-in ceremony was held in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and President of the Dubai International Financial Centre.

Speaking on the occasion, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid highlighted the importance of constantly enhancing the DIFC’s judicial framework in order to further raise the confidence of the local and global business community. He also stressed the significance of upholding the rule of law, and maintaining the highest transparency and neutrality in the settlement of commercial and civil disputes, in accordance with the highest global benchmarks.

Judges Frank Clarke, Peter Kelly, William Young and Michael Black expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to be part of DIFC Courts. The ceremony was also attended by His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC; Justice Zaki Azmi, Chief Justice of DIFC Courts; and His Excellency Justice Omar Al Mheiri, Director of DIFC Courts.

DIFC Courts, which is considered the foremost English language common law jurisdiction in the region, offers a transparent and independent legal environment led by distinguished internationally renowned judges.