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Law amendments enhance legislative environment

Personal Status, Civil Transactions, Penal Code, Criminal Procedure laws amended

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Federal law-decrees to amend the Personal Status, Civil Transactions, Penal Code, and Criminal Procedure laws have been approved by the President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The amendments are intended to further enhance the UAE legislative environment, entrench the principles of tolerance in society, and strengthen the country’s position as a preferred hub that attracts people to reside and work.

In line with the UAE's commitment to protect women's rights, amendments to the Penal Code and Criminal Procedure law have repealed the article giving reduced (or lenient) sentences in what is called "honor crimes".

The amendments also allow the UAE Attorney General, in coordination with prosecutors and local authorities, to identify cases involving misdemeanors and infractions, where Penal Order can be applied, a step that aims at reduce the burden on the judiciary, especially in minor cases.

Amendments to the Personal Status and the Civil Transaction laws allow non-citizens to choose the law that governs issues such as inheritance.