Aug 11, 2009

Efficiency of labour courts improved

Abu Dhabi: Labour courts in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain have recorded a significant increase in the number of cases processed in the first half of 2009 compared with the same period last year.

The number of labour cases in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain reached 1,461 at the end of June, compared with 882 in the same period last year.

The total number of cases settled by the courts reached 1,277, or 87 per cent of the total number of cases, compared to 617 last year, representing an increase of 107 per cent.

This achievement coincided with the opening of the new premises of the labour court in the Mohammad Bin Zayed City in Abu Dhabi.

An official source at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi said the results are a positive indicator of the performance of the courts and judicial departments in general during the current year.

This is attributed to the department's accuracy in implementing its five-year strategic plan, which aims to speed up the processing of labour cases, and the high degree of accuracy in issuing rulings, which has improved the process of delivering justice.

Rulings were issued in most cases within 30 days of cases being referred to courts, while appeal cases take a maximum of two months, which emphasises the importance given to legal proceedings by the department, and its keenness to process cases in accordance with the best international practices.

The decision to open new premises for the labour court was in line with instructions by Shaikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Judiciary Department.

87% percentage of cases that have been settled by the courts

30 number of days taken for most rulings to be made

2 maximum number of months for appeal rulings

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