Abu Dhabi introduces Hindi as third official language!

Abu Dhabi introduces Hindi as third official language!

To improve access, Abu Dhabi has included Hindi as the third official language used in its courts, alongside Arabic and English. The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) made the decision yesterday focusing on the Indian community in the UAE, which constitutes 30% of the total population in the country. The adoption of interactive forms of statement of claims filed before courts has been extended by including Hindi alongside Arabic and English in labor cases. The move is aimed at helping Hindi speakers to learn about litigation procedures, their rights and duties without a language barrier, in addition to facilitating registration procedures via unified forms available through the ADJD website. The population of UAE is estimated to be around 9 million of which two-thirds are immigrants from foreign countries. In the UAE the Indian community, numbering 2.6 million, constitutes 30% of the total population. It's the largest expatriate community in the country. The adoption of multilingual interactive forms for claim sheets, grievances, and requests, aims to promote judicial services in line with the plan 'Tomorrow 2021' and increase the transparency of litigation procedures. The extension of the adoption of interactive forms in several languages comes under the directives ADJD Chairman. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy PM and Minister of Presidential Affairs and ADJD Chairman, directed to extend the adoption of interactive forms. As part of the bilingual litigation system the adoption comes, in Nov'18 the first phase was launched, through the adoption of procedures requiring the plaintiffs to translate the case documents into English, if the defendant is a foreigner.

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