Court tech lab launched by DIFC Courts and Dubai Future Foundation

Incubator to develop and co-create court tech solutions

The Tech Lab will be running a yearly competition cycle, helping to raise support and capital for companies demonstrating promising court tech.
The Tech Lab will be running a yearly competition cycle, helping to raise support and capital for companies demonstrating promising court tech.

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts is to launch a ‘Court Tech Lab’ in partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF).

The Court Tech Lab will bring together individuals and companies to prototype and launch legal technology applications, such as Blockchain-powered initiatives, AI-enabled programmes and cloud-based products.

H.E. Omar Al Muhairi, Deputy Chief Justice, DIFC Courts, said: “Thinking through the judicial implications of emerging technologies is a key priority for the DIFC Courts. This new initiative, under the guidance of the Courts of the Future, will help unlock the power of these same innovations to transform the experience of using a court for the end-user, the legal sector and the judiciary itself.”

To cultivate those ideas, the Tech Lab will be running a yearly competition cycle, helping to raise support and capital for companies demonstrating promising breakthroughs in the arena of court tech. Harnessing DFF’s AREA 2071 ecosystem, the competition will invite start-ups, scale-ups and innovative SME participants to submit and present new and viable court tech solutions.

Shortlisted finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their applications to a panel of private-sector technology partners, as well as officials from the DIFC Courts and the Dubai Future Foundation. The final chosen concept will then receive financial investment, as well as access to the DIFC Courts to research, test and adapt the technology solution.

H.E. Khalfan Juma Belhoul, CEO, Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), said: “The MoU signed today represents yet another milestone for the Dubai Future Foundation as it reinforces the power of collaboration between the government, private sector and start-ups to create an ecosystem that drives innovation. By leveraging disruptive innovation and emerging technologies, the Court Tech lab aims to revolutionise the judicial system, further positioning Dubai’s role as a leading city of the future.”

The Courts of the Future was launched by the DIFC Courts and the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF) in 2017 with a mandate to explore diverse legal technology, topic areas and to provide research and thought leadership.

In 2018, launched as an initiative under the Courts of the Future, the DIFC Courts partnered with Smart Dubai to create the ‘Court of the Blockchain’. Building on existing dispute resolution services, the alliance is exploring how to aid verification of court judgments for cross-border enforcement. The partnership is the first step in creating a blockchain-powered foundation for the judiciary which will streamline the judicial process, remove document duplications, and driving greater efficiencies across the entire legal ecosystem.

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