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10 Feb 2019

Hindi becomes third official court language in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi courts introduce Hindi as third official-language

In a landmark decision, Abu Dhabi has included Hindi as the third official language used in its courts, alongside Arabic and English, as part of a move designed to improve access to justice.

The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) made the decision yesterday focusing on the Indian community in the UAE, which constitutes 30% of the total population in the country.

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Abu Dhabi courts introduce Hindi as third official-language
Aim: To help Hindi speakers learn about litigation procedures

Aim

Aim: To help Hindi speakers learn about litigation procedures

The body said it has extended the adoption of interactive forms of statement of claims filed before courts by including Hindi alongside Arabic and English in labor cases.

The move is aimed at helping Hindi speakers to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier, in addition to facilitating registration procedures via unified forms available through the ADJD website.

Indian community constitutes 30% of total population in the UAE

According to official figures, the UAE population is estimated to be around 5 million of which two-thirds are immigrants from foreign countries. The Indian community in the UAE, numbering 2.6 million, constitutes 30% of the total population. It's the largest expatriate community in the country.

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Future plans

Adoption aims to promote judicial services under 'Tomorrow 2021': Official

Yousef Saeed Al Abri, the undersecretary of the ADJD, said the adoption of multilingual interactive forms for claim sheets, grievances, and requests, aims to promote judicial services in line with the plan 'Tomorrow 2021' and increase the transparency of litigation procedures.

He indicated that the extension of the adoption of interactive forms in several languages comes under the directives ADJD Chairman.

Bilingual litigation system had been introduced in November 2018

Decision maker

Bilingual litigation system had been introduced in November 2018

Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy PM and Minister of Presidential Affairs and ADJD Chairman, directed to extend the adoption of interactive forms.

The adoption comes as part of the bilingual litigation system, the first phase of which was launched in Nov'18, through the adoption of procedures requiring the plaintiffs to translate the case documents into English, if the defendant is a foreigner.

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