Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Siti Norma is UAE first female judge!

While three of our former chief justices are defending their legacies and images under Royal Commission of Inquiry into Lingamgate scandal....another former chief judge of Malaya, Tan Sri Dato Siti Norma Yaakob is now the first female judge in UAE!

New DIFC court judges take oath before Dubai ruler

Dubai: The Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC Courts) on Monday announced the appointment of six new judges to interpret laws and issue orders for the enforcement of laws at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).

The judges are David A.R. Williams QC; Sir Anthony Colman; Tan Seri Dato Siti Norma Yaakob; Sir John Chadwick; Omar Juma Mohammad Saif Al Fajeer Al Muhairi; and Ali Shamis Mohammad Shamis Al Madhani.

They took the oath before His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Monday.
They will offer their expertise in all facets of the Court, with particular importance for the Court of Appeal, bringing with them a wealth of international expertise and impressive legal track records.

Furthermore, it was a landmark occasion, with the welcoming of the first female judge to join the DIFC Courts.

"As the fastest growing financial centre in the world, the DIFC has undergone immense expansion. In line with this rapid growth, the DIFC Courts offer the highest possible standards in legal dispute resolution with a judicial system based on international best practices.

"As such, it is with great pleasure that we welcome six highly distinguished judges onto the DIFC Courts' panel to work with us and maintain these high standards.

"In addition, we are proud to welcome to the DIFC the first two Emirati judges to become common law international judges," Dr Omar Bin Sulaiman, Governor of the DIFC.

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