Hindi Declared 3rd Official Court Language In Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi: Hindi has become the third official court language in Abu Dhabi, as part of a move designed to improve access to justice.

Indian nationals in Abu Dhabi will now be able to lodge claims, complaints and raise grievances in Hindi, which is widely spoken by the Indian diaspora in Abu Dhabi and UAE.

This landmark judgement comes as a major change after last year’s ruling which required plaintiffs to translate all court related documents (in civil and criminal cases) into English, if the defendant was not an Arabic speaker.

Last year in November, Abu Dhabi had introduced a rule that all documents in civil and commercial cases should be presented to non-Arabic defendants in English.

The Abu Dhabi Justice Department has said the new change will allow Hindi speakers to learn about litigation procedures and their rights and responsibilities. Besides, Interactive forms in Hindi will be made available on the website of Abu Dhabi Justice Department.

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