Fines to replace court trials in Dubai in minor offences

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Staff Report

Dubai: Starting from next month, prosecutors in Dubai will issue fines instead of referring cases to court in minor offences.

It is announced that prosecutors in Dubai from December 4 will be able to fine suspects involved in certain types of misdemeanour and minor offences, including some bounced cheque and cursing cases, instead of referring them to court.

Essam Eisa Al Humaidan, Dubai’s Attorney-General, issued decision No. 88 of 2017, according to which prosecutors of the of Deira, Bur Dubai, and Family and Juveniles prosecution wings can start issuing criminal orders starting December 4.

Members of the three prosecution wings can fine suspects involved in specific minor offences rather than indicting them and referring them to the Dubai Misdemeanours Court to stand trial, according to Al Humaidan’s decision.

The list of misdemeanours is limited to certain minor offences including bounced cheques [up to Dh200,000], failing to pay for food, car rent or room rent [up to Dh50,000], defamation and cursing [excluding government sector employees], attempted suicide and disturbing victims through the use of telecommunication systems.

Dubai is a major international tourist hub attracting millions of visitors every year, many of whom could get involved in misdemeanours.

The criminal order assists Dubai Public Prosecution in achieving its goals to make procedures faster and easier to complete for litigants in cases pertaining to specific minor crimes.

According to the Attorney-General’s decision, Prosecutor-General Yousuf Foulad, head of the Deira Prosecution; and Prosecutor-General Sami Al Shamsi, head of the Bur Dubai Prosecution, are entitled to assign a prosecutor to issue, amend or cancel a criminal order.