Abu Dhabi Global Market Courts (ADGM Courts) has launched its digital, bespoke courtroom in the ADGM Building on Al Maryah Island.
The digital courtroom, which ADGM says is the first of its kind worldwide, is intended to create a holistic digital environment to handle all court process. The digital court room provides both local and remote access to digital court files, case management and evidence bundles, in real time, so that all parties can access relevant documents immediately. Participants can be linked by broadcast-quality live video and audio links, to allow full interaction from anywhere in the world.
The systems will enable completely paperless processes and increase efficiency, reduce time and costs, and significantly expedite litigation processes.
The launch event was attended by HE Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice (Abu Dhabi), senior leaders from the Abu Dhabi Government and industry dignitaries. The event was hosted by HE Ahmed Al Sayegh, Minister of State (UAE) and Chairman of ADGM and Lord David Hope, Chief Justice of ADGM Courts.
ADGM Courts has already successfully launched its eCourts online platform to transform civil and commercial courts interactions. Together, the digital courtroom and eCourts platform have created a new standard of judicial and dispute-resolution services in the region and globally, ADGM claims.
HE Ahmed Al Sayegh, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of ADGM, said: "We would like to thank Abu Dhabi's leadership, our partners in the Ministry of Justice and the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, and the industry for your support in our pursuit to raise the bar on dispute resolution service.
"As a global trading centre and investment hub, Abu Dhabi is committed to maintaining an efficient and trusted environment that enables businesses to operate seamlessly within the Emirates and across borders. This initiative is one of ADGM Courts' undertakings in support of Abu Dhabi's vision to foster growth and expand the region as a commercial and financial hub through technological innovations. The introduction of the unique digital courtroom reinforces ADGM's contribution to providing an open, progressive and international jurisdiction for businesses and investments to flourish with certainty."
The Right Honourable Lord David Hope of Craighead KT, Chief Justice of ADGM Courts, added: "The future of the judicial landscape is inevitably gravitating towards technology. This makes the digital courtroom a natural next step and a vital feature of ADGM Courts' services. What is particularly noteworthy is that the concept of the digital courtroom is our response to consulting with users so that we can meet their needs and streamline litigation processes. We have focused on the design, functionality and capabilities to achieve the ideal balance between technological integration and user interface. We are confident that our new offering will act as a benchmark for how courts operate. It will demonstrate how courts can drive change in the legal sector to everyone's advantage."