• Chapter 1: Chapter 1: General

    • 5. No criminal jurisdiction

      (1) The Courts shall not have any jurisdiction to hear, examine, try or determine any issue, cause or matter relating to any criminal offence, or any alleged criminal offence. In particular, the Courts shall not have any jurisdiction to review the arrest or detention of any person or property (including real property), or any other dealing with such property, executed pursuant to any Federal Law applicable in the Abu Dhabi Global Market and no proceedings issued in the Courts seeking to review or challenge such arrest or detention or other dealing may be heard, examined, tried or determined by any Court.
      (2) Subsection (1) applies notwithstanding that the offence, or alleged offence, or the arrest or detention or dealing occurred in the Abu Dhabi Global Market.
      (3) In these Regulations, unless otherwise stated or unless the context otherwise requires, references to "proceedings" shall be construed as references to civil proceedings only.

    • 6. No imprisonment for debt

      (1) No person shall be arrested or imprisoned in the Abu Dhabi Global Market for defaulting payment of a sum of money.
      (2) Subsection (1) is subject to any contrary provision in any Federal Law applicable in the Abu Dhabi Global Market.

    • 7. Penalty for fraudulently obtaining credit

      (1) Any person shall, in each of the following cases, be in contravention of these Regulations —
      (a) if he has, with dishonest intent towards his creditors, or any of them, made or caused to be made any gift, delivery, conveyance or transfer of or any charge on his property (including real property);
      (b) if he has, with dishonest intent towards his creditors, or any of them, concealed or removed any part of his property (including real property) since or within two months before the date of any unsatisfied judgment or order for payment of money obtained against him.
      (2) Court procedure rules may provide that proceedings may be brought by either any creditor referred to in subsection (1) or by the Registrar at the direction of the Chief Justice.
      (3) A person found to be in contravention of these Regulations under subsection (1) shall be liable to pay a fine not exceeding —
      (a) level 8 on the standard fines scale; or
      (b) 10% of the combined value of the property (including real property) which was gifted, delivered, conveyed, transferred, removed or concealed,
      whichever is the greater.
      (4) In this section "person" means any natural or legal person as the context requires.

    • 8. Judgment debts to carry interest

      (1) Every judgment debt shall carry interest, whether simple or compound, from such time as shall be prescribed by court procedure rules until the same shall be satisfied, and such interest may be levied under a writ of execution on such judgment.
      (2) Court procedure rules may provide for the Court to disallow all or part of any interest otherwise payable under subsection (1).

    • 9. Orders of the Courts to have effect of judgments

      (1) All orders, whereby any sum of money, or any costs, charges, or expenses, shall be payable to any person, shall have the effect of judgments in the Courts, and the persons to whom any such monies or costs, charges, or expenses shall be payable, shall be deemed judgment creditors within the meaning of these Regulations.
      (2) All remedies hereby given to judgment creditors are in like manner given to persons to whom any monies, or costs, charges, or expenses, are by such orders or court procedure rules respectively directed to be paid.

    • 10. Guarantee of continued judicial independence

      (1) The Chief Justice, the Board and all with responsibility for matters relating to the judiciary or otherwise to the administration of justice must uphold the continued independence of the judiciary.
      (2) The Chief Justice and the Board must not seek to influence judicial decisions through any special access to the judiciary.
      (3) The Chief Justice and the Board must have regard to —
      (a) the need to defend that independence;
      (b) the need for the judiciary to have the support necessary to enable them to exercise their functions;
      (c) the need for the public interest in regard to matters relating to the judiciary or otherwise to the administration of justice to be properly represented in decisions affecting those matters.
      (4) In this section, "the judiciary" includes the judiciary or any of the following —
      (a) the Courts;
      (b) any other Court established under any Applicable Abu Dhabi Law or ADGM enactment; and
      (c) every person who —
      (i) holds a judicial office; and
      (ii) but for this subsection would not be a member of the judiciary for the purposes of this section.

    • 11. Representations to the Board

      (1) The Chief Justice may lay before the Board written representations on matters that appear to him to be matters of importance relating to the judiciary, or otherwise to the administration of justice, in the Abu Dhabi Global Market.
      (2) Any written representation laid before the Board in accordance with subsection (1) must be considered by the Board at the first meeting of the Board after the representation was laid before it; and at that meeting, the Board must decide whether, and if so how, it intends to address the issues contained within such representation.