The UAE Digital Government (DGOV) has revealed four official channels that provide legal and judicial assistance to those who cannot afford legal fees.
This is in line with the UAE Constitution, which stipulates that everyone should have easy access to a competent lawyer and that economic and social circumstances should not prevent anyone from having easy access to justice.
The services offered include legal advice and consulting, appointment of a lawyer, deposit for expert expenses and expenses for the publication of ads.
The provision of these services to beneficiaries depends on the eligibility criteria in terms of the severity of the case and the level of income.
Ministry’s free legal service
It said that the Ministry of Justice offers free legal advice on court documents to those who are unable to pay.
ADJD free legal aid
In addition, the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) offers free legal aid to poor/needy people and provides them with legal and neutral assistance to support their right to easy access to justice.
Services include legal services, payment of fees for expertise and publication of advertisements in newspapers.
Assistance is based on certain eligibility criteria, such as the severity of the case and the income of the recipient of the service.
DGOV also explained that the Dubai courts have launched a free legal advice program "Shoor" (consult us), in which authorized law firms offer free voluntary legal advice to the parties to the litigation. Each firm has the right to specify the number of hours during which it can offer consultations per month.
The Dubai Courts Enforcement Advisory Department oversees the implementation of the program and connects the parties to the litigation with the participating law firms.
The Dubai Community Development Authority (CDA) also runs a Legal Clinic program that provides free legal advice to all residents of Dubai. Within the framework of agreements with the CDA, professional lawyers respond to public inquiries received by the office.
The Legal Clinic aims to raise public awareness of their legal rights in accordance with the Law on Child Protection and the Law on Personal Status.
For more information, you can contact CDA at 800-3232 or firstname.lastname@example.org .