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, has established a special inheritance court inside Dubai Courts. The new court will allow issues and petitions involving inheritance to be addressed by a single judicial body in a certain amount of time.
The creation of the specialised inheritance court is in keeping with Dubai’s ongoing efforts to improve the judicial system and expedite the litigation procedure in Dubai Courts. The action is also part of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, instruction to build a world-class judicial system that contributes to the emirate’s social and economic well-being.
A Court of Cassation judge will preside over the inheritance court, which will also comprise a Court of Appeals judge and a Court of First Instance judge. The special inheritance court would bring together justices with various specialisations depending on the nature of the case. For matters considered by the court, the preparation period shall not exceed 30 days from the date of registration. Unless the judge presiding over the case determines differently, the litigation procedure should not last more than 12 months.
The new court will handle inheritance cases such as inventory listing disputes, inheritance liquidation or distribution among heirs, and civil, real estate, commercial, and other actions originating from inheritance conflicts. The court’s rulings are final and cannot be appealed through normal channels.
The new court, which will handle inheritance issues including civil, real estate, and commercial conflicts, intends to minimise procedural bottlenecks and delays while also speeding up the litigation process. The court also strives to protect social and familial ties by ensuring that inheritance cases are resolved quickly.