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  • English Common Law

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    ADGM Courts support ADGM with a fully independent common law framework to adjudicate civil and commercial disputes.

    Linda Fitz-Alan
    REGISTRAR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF ADGM COURTS

    Foundation of ADGM Courts

    ADGM Courts' regulations and supporting rules enshrine ADGM's legal framework of the direct application of English common law. At their heart is the following:

    • the impartiality, independence and integrity of the Judges
    • the necessity to have enforceable judgments and orders in ADGM, throughout the UAE and globally
    • to instill confidence in the local and international, commercial and legal markets
    • to ensure transparency and certainty with all procedures
    • to achieve access to justice
    • to complement arbitration
    The direct application of English Common Law makes ADGM the first jurisdiction in the Middle East to adopt a similar approach to that of Singapore and Hong Kong.

    ADGM's Board of Directors decided that ADGM Courts and its judiciary would be broadly modelled on the English judicial system as this approach would result in a coherent, recognised and accepted legal framework and judicial system. The foundation of the civil and commercial law in ADGM is provided by the Application of English Law Regulations 2015. Those Regulations make English Common Law (including the rules and principles of equity) directly applicable in ADGM. In addition, a wide-ranging set of well-established English statutes on civil matters are also made applicable in ADGM.


    The Regulations for ADGM Courts, called ADGM Courts, Civil Evidence, Judgments, Enforcement and Judicial Appointments Regulations 2015 (ADGM Courts Regulations), are also drawn from Scots and Australian Federal law. They have been tailored specifically to meet the requirements of ADGM Courts.

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    ADGM Courts Structure

    Court of Appeal
    Court of First Instance
    Commercial and Civil Division
    Employment Division
    Small Claims Division
    appeals to Civil Division