December 15, 2008 Practice Directions
In The Judicial Authority of The Dubai International Centre
Practice Direction No 6 of 2008
DIFC Courts’ Fees
This Practice Direction is issued pursuant to section 5 of DIFC Order No.1 of 2007 in respect of the Rules of DIFC Courts Order No.1 of 2007. It may be cited as Practice Direction 6 of 2008 — DIFC Courts’ Fees and may be abbreviated to PD 6/2008.
The attached schedule 1 of this Practice Direction prescribes the fees of the DIFC Courts that will come into effect on the 1st of January 2009.
Chief Justice of the DIFC Courts
Dated: 15th of December 2008
I. Originating Proceedings — CFI
|1.||Money and/or property claims:
5% of the value of the claim and/or the property with a minimum of US$500 and a maximum of US$8,000.
|2.||Unliquidated damages claims:
If quantified, as 1. above. If not quantified, an initial fee of US$1,000, with the balance to be paid (assessed based on the calculation described in 1 above) when the claim is quantified.
|3.||Proceedings for judicial review||US$500|
|4.||Proceedings for any other remedy or relief not included above||US$1,000|
|5.||On filing proceedings against a party or parties not named in the originating proceedings||US$200|
II. Applications etc
|1.||On an application for permission to issue originating proceedings||US$500|
|2.||On issuing an application notice||US$100|
|3.||On setting down for a hearing||US$1,000|
|4.||For each half day of a hearing after the first day||US$5001|
Fee II.2 is payable whenever an application notice is issued by the court office at the request of a party, whether or not under Part 23 of the Rules of Court and whether or not notice of the application is given to the other party; but it is not payable when an application is made orally only.
III. Orders and witness summonses
|1.||On sealing a judgment or order of the Court:|
|(a) where the order is a consent order or is made without a hearing||US$50|
|(b) in all other cases||US$200|
|(a) a Registrar’s certificate||US$100|
|(b) a writ of execution (r.48.40-3)||US$50|
|3.||On the issue of a witness summons to be served by the Court – for each summons.||US$200|
IV. Searches and copies
|1.||Search of register of claims (r.6.8)||US$20|
|2.||Supply of copy document from the Court records (r. 6.9-12, 17)|
|(a) for the first page (except the first page of a subsequent copy of the same document issued at the same time)||US$2|
|(b) for each subsequent page||US$1|
|3.||Supply of a copy of any other document required in connection with proceedings in the Court, for each page||US$1|
|1.||Application for permission to appeal||US$500|
|2.||Request for reconsideration of refusal of permission||US$500|
|3.||Filing a request for review of a decision of the Registrar or a single judge under rule 44.153||US$500|
|4.||Filing an appellant’s notice:|
|(a) where Fee no V.1 has been paid||US$900|
|(b) in all other cases||US$1,000|
|Filing a respondent’s notice asking the appeal court to uphold the order of the lower court for reasons different from or additional to those given by the lower court||US$1,000|
Note: For a cross-appeal the same fees are payable as for an appeal.
VI. Determination of Costs
|1.||Filing a request for a detailed assessment||US$500|
|(a) a default costs certificate or certificate for an agreed amount||US$100|
|(b) an interim costs certificate (r.40.36)||5% of the sum certified|
|(c) a final costs certificate (r.40.41)||5% of the sum certified|
|3.||On Filing an appeal notice under rule 40.50||US$500|
Where the sum certified in a final costs certificate includes costs certified in an interim certificate in respect of which Fee VI.2 (b) has been paid the fee for the final costs certificate is correspondingly reduced.
Small Claims Tribunal Fees
Registration of Practitioners Fees
|1.||Registration fee applicable to registration in Part I||US$1,500|
|2.||Addition of lawyers within Part I||US$100|
|3.||Registration fee applicable to registration in Part II||US$500|
|4.||Renewal fee applicable to registration in Part II||US$100|
All of the above mentioned fees are payable in United States Dollars or its equivalent in UAE Dirhams from time to time.
1 The fee shall be collected when the hearing is set down by the DIFC Courts based on the number of days agreed by the parties or, failing agreement, determined by the DIFC Courts. Fees for any overrun shall be collected prior to the expiry of the period for which the hearing was originally set down. The paying party may seek reimbursement of any payment of this fee for half days not utilized for the relevant hearing, which reimbursement shall be at the DIFC Courts’ discretion.
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