Dubai in blockchain push to boost law courts’ efficiency

July 30, 2018
Chris Wheal

Dubai aims to use blockchain to streamline the work of law courts handling civil and commercial disputes.

The Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC) Courts said it was joining forces with the government-backed Smart Dubai programme to form a task force that will focus on developing a blockchain-based legal platform.

Sharing information

DIFC hopes to use a blockchain network and smart contracts to allow different courts to more easily share information on cases.

It believes the blockchain-based system could generally reduce paperwork and duplication of efforts, thereby boosting efficiency.

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Blockchain to reduce paperwork and duplication

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“This taskforce is in line with our guiding principle to deliver courts as a service, powered by technology and extended through cooperation agreements and alliances. By harnessing blockchain technology, Dubai will be firmly positioned at the forefront of legal tech and judicial innovation, setting the standards for countries and judiciaries to follow,” said Amna Al Owais, chief executive & registrar, DIFC Courts.

Dubai hopes to move all government transactions to blockchain by 2020, with various government departments having already unveiled their own blockchain-based initiatives.

Post written by Chris Wheal
Chris Wheal is editor of OpenLedger's news and features service. An award-wining business journalists himself, he runs a team of freelance journalists from across the UK and north America.

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