NEWS

Publication date: 
25 Feb 2019
Abstract: 

Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) hosted yesterday a panel discussion about the recent amendments in the Civil and Commercial Procedures Law in a seminar attended by His Right Honour the President of the Court of Cassation and President of the Supreme Judiciary Council.

The “Civil and Commercial Procedures Highlights” seminar tackled a series of specialised discussions and topics, exploring the effects of the recent amendments of some provisions of the Civil and Commercial Procedures Law on the civil and commercial dispute resolution process and featuring a panel of renowned local legal experts and industry professionals. 

The seminar also witnessed the attendance of His Right Honour President of the Court of Cassation and President of the Supreme Judiciary Council, Dr. Hassan bin Lahdan Al Hassan Al Mohannadi. Participants at the seminar included over 200 delegates, industry professionals and legal experts from local law firms, as well as representatives from more than 50 government institutions such as Qatar Public Prosecution, Supreme Judiciary Council and Ministry of Justice.

Delegates gained valuable insights into the amended Civil and Commercial Procedures Law and explored the effects of the recent amendments on the various stages of the civil and commercial dispute resolution process.

The hosting of the “Civil and Commercial Procedures Highlights” seminar comes in line with QICDRC’s efforts to contribute to the development of the legal environment in Qatar by organising and hosting specialised educational and seminars taught by internationally renowned legal experts.

The central panel, which was moderated by Mrs Mona Al-Mutawa, Chairperson, Al-Mutawa Advocates & Legal Consultants, featured the participation of Mr Sultan Al-Abdulla, Managing Partner, Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners, Mr. Yousif Ahmad Al-Zaman, Chairman, Al-Zaman for Legal Services and Attorneys, Dr. Imad Kattan, Assistant Professor of Law, College of Law, Qatar University, and Mr. Hussam Tantawy, General Manager and Senior Consultant, Al-Sulaiti Law Firm,

The Chief Executive Officer of Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre, Faisal Al-Sahouti, said: “QICDRC continues to lead the legal development efforts in Qatar by setting up a distinguished legal framework and delivering specialised educational programs that aim engage the local legal community with valuable learning and career development opportunities.”

Al-Sahouti also added: “As civil and commercial legislation continues to change and accommodate the State of Qatar’s economic diversification aspirations, we are keen to accelerate the development of local laws and legal foundations that govern international businesses and forge in investments.”

Yesterday’s seminar was organised by QICDRC in collaboration with four of the leading local legal firms that specialise in civil and commercial disputes: Al-Mutawa Advocates & Legal Consultants, Al-Sulaiti Law Firm, Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners and Thani bin Ali Al-Thani Law Firm.

Through this partnership, QICDRC and the four legal firms aim to provide legal professionals with the latest updates in State of Qatar’s civil and commercial laws and legislations, and engage the local legal community in specialised and valuable learning discussions.

“As Qatar continues to institute legislative and judicial reforms, several significant amendments to the Civil and Commercial Procedures Law have been introduced which should not only streamline the judicial process and court case handling, but also reallocates various competencies with a view to increasing efficiency and avoiding backlogs. In addition, the amendments introduce significant changes to the composition of the courts and judicial process. Having been in private practice for 20 years, I am intrigued to see the practical impact these changes will have. As a law firm, Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners is pleased to co-sponsor the seminar which discussed these and other important developments arising from the new law, and its potential implications.” said Sultan Al-Abdulla, Managing Partner, Sultan Al-Abdulla & Partners.

On his side, Mubarak bin Abdulla Al-Sulaiti, Chairman, Al-Sulaiti Law Firm, said that “HH the Amir has prioritised the acceleration of the development of the legislative sector in Qatar as one of the main pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030. The recent amendments in several of the State of Qatar’s laws and legislations come as a result of the HH the Amir’s directive to apply fundamental reforms in the legislative sector that aim to ensure the effectiveness of judicial process.”

“As part of our responsibility toward the society, we collaborated with Qatar International Court and several other local legal firms to raise awareness about these legal changes and the positive impact of the changes on the civil and commercial dispute resolution process,” added Al-Sulaiti.

QICDRC is a specialised, international legal authority that contributes to the economic development of Qatar, advances the development of the commercial laws in Qatar and the region and sets up a global model for a world-class legal framework that ensures justice and continuous innovation.