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Law to regulate expert witness profession

To provide judicial departments with legally and technically qualified experts

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Dubai has issued Law No. (13) of 2020 regulating the expert witness profession in Dubai. The new Law, which oversees all activities related to expert witness services in Dubai, seeks to provide judicial departments with legally and technically qualified experts who can help ensure the accuracy of judicial decisions, facilitate the swift dispensation of justice, expedite judicial procedures and raise the quality and competencies of expert witnesses.

The Law defines the expert witness service as an activity practiced by a person with specialized skills assigned by the court or the public prosecution to provide verbal or written opinion on a certain case.

Expert witnesses and consulting firms must be duly registered in the experts register at Dubai Courts. The Law authorizes Dubai Courts to create and manage the experts register.

According to a resolution issued by the Chairman of the Dubai Judicial Council, Dubai Courts will establish the Experts Affairs Committee, which will propose the rules and regulations for the classification of experts and approve the charter of ethics and professional conduct for experts and guidelines for experts’ fees. The Committee will include members of the Dubai Judicial Authority, experts registered at Dubai Courts and other government entities, and officials from the private sector. The Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Committee should be members of the Dubai Judicial Authority.

The Committee is also responsible for approving the professional qualification examinations and training programs for experts, and reviewing applications from experts, requests for cancelling or suspending registration of experts, grievances submitted by experts regarding the results of their technical assessment and violations and complaints related to experts.

According to the new Law, Dubai Courts will establish a unit for experts affairs, which will be in charge of registration and classification of experts.