World’s first fully-digital courtroom opens in UAE

By Rajive Singh

ABU DHABI 10 December 2018: Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts (ADGM Courts), has opened for viewing their fully digital, bespoke courtroom at an exclusive launch event held yesterday in the ADGM Building on Al Maryah Island.

The digital courtroom, the first of its kind globally, will provide local-based and remote parties access to their digital court files, electronic filing options, case management and evidence bundles within real-time. The system incorporates broadcast-grade live video, as well as audio links, and allows full interaction.

It will eradicate the need for hardcopy bundles, increase efficiency and reduce costs. It will also transcend location and time boundaries. It is expected that the new service will significantly expedite the litigation process.

The new courtroom is the latest initiative by ADGM Courts to establish a holistic digitalised environment that distinguishes them as leaders in the delivery of judicial services. This year, ADGM Courts successfully launched eCourts online platform that has transformed how civil and commercial courts interact with parties and their lawyers. Together, the digital courtroom and e-Courts platform have created a new standard of judicial and dispute-resolution services in the region and throughout the world, said Wam.

The ADGM digital courtroom allows seamless and efficient litigation and court proceedings in real-time, across different geographies and time zones. The advanced facilities of this courtroom offer an end-to-end solution for court cases, integrating innovative technology and creating an optimal environment for paperless hearings.

The launch event was attended by Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, senior leaders from the Abu Dhabi Government and industry dignitaries. The event was hosted by Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, Minister of State and Chairman of ADGM, and Lord (David) Hope, Chief Justice of ADGM Courts.

Dubai Gazette