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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Emirati judiciary is entirely independent, says Minister of Justice

Judges are subject to no authority other than the law and their conscience, says the Minister of Justice Dr Hadef bin Jouan Al Dhaheri.

The Emirati judiciary is entirely independent and judges are subject to no authority other than the law and their conscience, according to the Minister of Justice Dr Hadef bin Jouan Al Dhaheri.

In an interview with The National's Arabic language sister paper Al Ittihad, Dr Al Dhaheri said cases were considered by the UAE courts fairly and without any interference from any power whatsoever.

He also said that the country guaranteed all defendants, whether Emirati or expatriate, the right to a fair trial, that this right was clearly enshrined in UAE law, and that defendants had the same rights here as in developed nations.

Elsewhere in the interview Dr Al Dhaheri said the ministry was in the process of setting up world-class buildings to house the judicial department.

He said phase one of the plan was to set up modern buildings to house the Federal Supreme Court, the Federal First Instance Court and the Federal Appeals Court, as well as buildings for the public prosecution. These will all be built in Abu Dhabi. Phase two will involve setting up similar buildings across the country.

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