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Dubai to set up mediation centre to deal with property disputes

As from next month the Mediation Centre, which will be overseen by the Property Court, will start assessing cases in a bid to speed up the process of settling civil property related issues.

There are so many cases piling up that there is concern that it will take too long to resolve issues if they all have to wait to be heard in the Property Court and it is felt that many can be sorted out in a more user friendly way.

Chief Judge Mohammed Yousuf Sulaiman, Deputy Director for Dubai Courts and the Cassation Court's Senior Judge, said it is hoped that cases can be resolved by the mediation centre with a month after which they will be forwarded to the Property Court.

The new centre will consist of representatives of the Real Estate Regulatory Agency and the Property Court. It will try to resolve as many civil property disputes as possible and only unresolved cases will be passed to the Property Court for judgement as a last resort.

'The Mediation Centre is being set up to try and resolve as many disputes as possible before it goes to judges in the courts. We are seeing a number of cases piling up within the Property Court and we do not want to keep so many pending,' explained Sulaiman.

'We would like to fix these issues as early as possible. We have noticed that in some disputes there is a misunderstanding between the buyer, developer and other parties. In such cases we will try to resolve the disputes in a friendly manner,' he added.

The success of other mediation centres for labour and family dispute cases showed that a similar centre for property would help with the backlog. Other mediation centres have resolved almost 70% of cases without the need to go to court.

'The experience of this success made us decide to create a mediation centre for property related issues,' Sulaiman confirmed.

To register a complaint an aggrieved party has to register the case with the mediation centre and must try to resolve the dispute within a month. There are more than 500 cases currently pending with the Property Court.