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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Appoints the First Female Emirati Common Law Judge

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HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has sworn in four new judges at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) courts, including the first female Emirati common law judge.

Nassir Hashim Nasser Abdulalla Al Nasser, Maha Khalid Mohammed Al Mheiri, Lord Angus James Scott Glennie, and Sir Peter Henry Gross were the four judges sworn in on Monday, February 8. Angus Glennie and Peter Gross were appointed as judges of the Court of Appeal (CA). Simultaneously, Al Mheiri and Al Nasser were appointed as judges at the Court of First Instance (CFI) at DIFC Courts. The Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai also attended the virtual swearing-in ceremony.

Among the four sworn in judges was the first Emirati female judge appointed to the Courts of First Instance, Maha Al Mheiri. She originally joined the DIFC Courts in 2012 as a Case Progression Officer and then assigned to Judicial Officer in 2013, before becoming a Small Claims Tribunal (SCT) judge in 2017. Al Mheiri and Al Nasser are graduates of the Emiratisation program, which launched ten years ago to support the Dubai International Financial Centre’s Emiratisation efforts across all its sectors.

In a statement, Sheikh Mohammed affirmed the importance of raising the UAE judiciary’s capabilities and providing more leadership opportunities for young Emiratis in one of the government’s most important sectors. He also spoke of increasing Emirati talent in the judicial sector supports the government’s objectives of protecting the community and safeguarding people’s rights.

Sheikh Mohammed praised the role of Emirati female in shaping the country’s future, saying they have repeatedly proven their competence in high-level positions.

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