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On 9 June 2016, the Ruler of Dubai issued Decree No. 19 establishing a new judicial authority from members of the DIFC Courts and Dubai Courts (the Authority). Although this decree has not yet been published in the Dubai Official Gazette, a very brief overview is necessary.

The new Authority is empowered to resolve disputes over conflicts of jurisdiction between the Dubai Courts and DIFC Courts and to look into any conflicting judgments passed at the level of both courts. The public prosecutor or one of the adverse parties is entitled to submit requests to the Authority to rule on conflicts of jurisdiction and on conflicting judgments.

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