Abu Dhabi rolls out courthouse on double-decker bus

A model mobile courtroom run by Abu Dhabi’s Judicial Department has hit the streets of the UAE capital in the hopes of bringing justice closer to those who can’t make it to the courtroom.

The capital’s latest advancement in judicial services was inaugurated in April by Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, deputy prime minister and minister of Presidential Affairs and chairman of Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, and started roaming the city’s streets in May.

“The primary aim [of the mobile court] is to spread judicial awareness among people, especially the youth,” Jaafar al-Hashimi, director of the Judicial Department’s media center, told the Sabah Al Arabiya Program on Al Arabiya News Channel.

“When students are judicially aware, it will decrease the relative number of people in the courtroom on the long run. Our aim is to decrease the number of cases in court,” he added.

The new court is aboard a double-decker bus divided into several sections that offer judicial services, legal aid and advice, and a notary public to certify contracts between individuals or companies.

Running on electric power, the court’s first trips will target schools and universities, several shopping malls to get some exposure in the city, and some rural areas around the UAE’s capital.

Computers on the bus are connected to the department’s database, allowing people to complete their transactions on board the mobile court, without the need to go to the court’s building.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43