May 25, 2015 Practice Directions
PRACTICE DIRECTION NO. 3 of 2015
This Practice Direction will come into effect on the date of signature. It may be cited as Practice Direction 3 of 2015 – Review of DIFC Courts Officer and Registrar Decisions -and may be abbreviated to PD 3/2015.
Dated this 25 day of May 2015
Chief Justice Michael Hwang
 appointed by the Chief Justice in accordance with Article 14 (1)(c) of the DIFC Courts Law (DIFC Law No. 10 of 2004) and authorized by RDC 3.14 to perform acts of a formal or administrative character in their capacity as Court Officers – defined in the Schedule to Part 2 of the RDC as encompassing “any member of the Court staff.”
 taken in this context to mean the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar and Assistant Registrar of the DIFC Courts – appointed under Article 16 of the DIFC Courts Law and authorized under Article 17 of the DIFC Courts Law and RDC 3.1, together with the judges, to perform functions of the Courts, except insofar as any enactment, Rule or Practice Direction provides otherwise.
 this includes application notices, or any other documents in which the applicant seeks a court order or direction
 this shall include case progression decisions taken in the course of the Registry’s functioning which are judicial in nature
 in effect a full reconsideration
 appointed in accordance with Article 3(4) of the Judicial Authority Law (Law no. 12 of 2004, in respect of the Judicial Authority at Dubai International Financial Centre, as amended), and Article 9 of the DIFC Courts Law 2004
 the judge’s discretion in considering the application is unfettered. However, in instances in which the Court Officer or Registrar who first considered the application has had the benefit of hearing oral evidence, the judge reviewing the application de novo should have due regard to the Court Officer or Registrar’s findings, given that they had the benefit of assessing the oral evidence firsthand.
 Including by letter
 Either confirming or replacing the original Court officer or Registrar decision.
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