Trial via video conference available for Dubai inmates

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Bur Dubai, Al Barsha Police Stations fitted with 'remote trial' rooms COURTESY DUBAI POLICE

Lawbreakers with minor cases can now stand on trial through video conferencing in Dubai an initiative to maximize time, an official told Gulf News on Sunday.

Suspects tried at “One Day Misdemeanor Court” can benefit from the smart and fast system, senior advocate general Ali Humaid Bin Khatem insisted.

“Suspects will have a chance to attend trial without going to the courtroom. In cooperation with Dubai Police, we have set up three video conference rooms now to cut time,” Bin Khatem said.

The rooms will be located in Al Barsha, Bur Dubai, and Airport police stations.

The system was launched by Dubai Police Stations Council in partnership with the Public Prosecution and Dubai Courts.

“The rooms have contributed to decreasing the number of the judicial procedures from seven to three steps, besides reducing the time and effort of employees,” Maj Gen Al Merri said.

“The virtual courtrooms intend to facilitate and improve services for defendants and speed up the judicial process as part of the continuous developments in all judicial services,” he added.

“Now the suspect can be presented to the judge through a video conference and the judge will issue the judgment,” Bin Khatem said.

This initiative will be implemented in all police stations in Dubai comes under Penal Order Law No. 1 of 2017 approved by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Lastly, one of the main purposes of this initiative is to implement a verdict in two phases in less than 24 hours.