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Abu Dhabi includes Hindi as third official court language

DUBAI: In a landmark resolution, Abu Dhabi has incorporated Hindi as the 3rd official language used in its courts, alongside Arabic and English, as part of a transfer designed to toughen get entry to to justice.

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department on Saturday mentioned it has prolonged the adoption of interactive types of statement of claims filed earlier than courts via including the Hindi language alongside Arabic and English in labour cases.

This is aimed toward serving to Hindi speakers to be informed about litigation procedures, their rights and duties with out a language barrier, along with facilitating registration procedures by means of unified forms available through the ADJD web page, the judicial frame mentioned.

According to official figures, the UAE inhabitants is estimated to be round five million of which 2/third are immigrants from overseas countries. The Indian group in the UAE, numbering 2.6 million, constitutes 30% of the full inhabitants and is the most important expatriate group in the nation.

Yousef Saeed Al Abri, undersecretary of the ADJD, mentioned the adoption of multilingual interactive forms for claim sheets, grievances and requests, goals to advertise judicial products and services in line with the plan Tomorrow 2021, and building up the transparency of litigation procedures.

"This is in addition to facilitating registration procedures to the public through simplified and easy forms and raising litigants' legal awareness via interactive forms of the statements of claims, to ensure access to the legal materials related to the subject of the dispute," Al Abri was quoted as pronouncing via the Khaleej Times.

He indicated that the extension of the adoption of interactive forms in different languages comes beneath the directives of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and ADJD Chairman.

Al Abri defined that the adoption of new languages comes as part of the bilingual litigation device, the first phase of which was introduced in November 2018, through the adoption of procedures requiring the plaintiffs to translate the case paperwork in civil and commercial complaints into English, if the defendant is a foreigner.

"The foreign investor receives the case files translated, thus contributing to the provision of a global judicial service that meets the requirements of residents in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi," he added.

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