New dedicated court in Dubai to handle inheritance cases whose value exceeds Dhs500,000
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New dedicated court in Dubai to handle inheritance cases whose value exceeds Dhs500,000

New dedicated court in Dubai to handle inheritance cases whose value exceeds Dhs500,000

The entire litigation process and ruling must typically be executed within 12 months of the case being filed

Dubai Courts

A special inheritance court has been established within Dubai Courts dedicated to handling inheritance cases involving a value of not less than Dhs500,000.

The court was launched by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council, according to state news agency WAM.

The inheritance court will be chaired by a Court of Cassation judge and its members will include a Court of Appeals judge and a Court of First Instance judge.

Depending on the nature of a case, the special inheritance court will bring together judges with diverse specialisations.

The preparation time for cases heard by the court should not exceed 30 days from the date of the case being lodged.

The court also seeks to preserve social and family bonds by ensuring speedy settlement of inheritance lawsuits. The litigation process and ruling on the case should be executed within 12 months, unless the judge chairing the court deems otherwise.

The new court is tasked with the settlement of inheritance lawsuits, which include inventory listing disputes, liquidation or division of inheritance among heirs, and civil, real estate, commercial and other lawsuits arising from inheritance disputes.

The decisions of the court are final and not subject to appeal by ordinary means.

The new court, which serves as a single authority to settle inheritance lawsuits aims to eliminate procedural hurdles and delays and expedite litigation processes.

Apart from the inheritance court, other specialised courts have also been set up within the Dubai Courts framework over the last few month. In November, Dubai Courts established two new courts within its Commercial Court to expedite the resolution of disputes related to securities. The new courts focus on dispute resolution in securities, shares, bonds, and similar financial instruments.

Read: Dubai Courts establishes two new courts to address securities-related disputes

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