50 countries to join ME-first courts summit
Dubai, April 18, 2013
Top officials of judicial systems from more than 50 countries will aim to initiate a comprehensive approach towards improving standards of court excellence at a first-ever regional conference in Dubai.
Dr Ahmed Saeed Bin Hazim Al Suwaidi, Director General of Dubai Courts and the Chief of the Supreme Committee of the Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence, announced the hosting of the International Association for Court Administration’s (IACA) first-ever regional conference in the Middle East.
A memorandum of understanding was signed between the Dubai Courts, the organisers of the Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Initiatives for Legal Excellence, in collaboration with the DIFC Courts and the International Association for Courts Administration to host this first-ever regional conference on December 9 and 10.
The event will provide an excellent opportunity for judicial organizations in the Middle East and all over the world to share in, and gain knowledge about, best practices and successful examples of court efficiency worldwide.
Dr Al Suwaidi said that the conference stems from a vision for the future of the region to enhance the legal framework in the UAE and the Middle East.
The aim is to build a qualified young generation in the legal field: this would lead to the enhancement of regional court administration systems and develop excellence in court procedures that would serve the community.
The implementation of best global practices for effective court procedures would lead to prompt and efficient justice – and the event aims to motivate the court administration leaders across the world.
He further added that the conference would involve wide participation from the region and worldwide, in order to highlight and present suitable administrative case studies about the latest strategies for change. Participants will have a unique opportunity to understand the dynamic perceptions and developments in global court systems.
Dr Al Suwaidi concluded by saying that the organizers would provide an excellent opportunity for nationals and national institutions to participate in such an important event.
Jeffrey Apperson, chief executive officer of IACA, said: “Dubai was selected by us based on key factors including important advances in the DIFC Courts and Dubai Courts, strong government support, and Dubai’s expanding role as a business, tourism and aviation hub.”
Mark Beer, chief executive and registrar of the DIFC Courts, added: “The DIFC Courts have always placed a strong emphasis on court excellence, efficiency and customer engagement. We have worked closely with IACA in recent years to strengthen bonds between the organization and courts across the Gulf region and we are very pleased to be a partner in hosting this gathering.”
IACA is a nonprofit organization that encourages the pursuit of excellence at an international level in cooperation with global court officials to develop institutional frameworks and operational efficiency of courts.
This event in Dubai will be the first of its kind in the Middle East region and the sixth International Conference to be held by IACA since its establishment in 2004. – TradeArabia News Service