- The New lawsuit management system approved
Members of the Federal National Council yesterday approved a legislation on setting up a new case management system to be deployed at federal courts across the country. The new system, part of changes in the UAE Civil Procedure Code, is designed to make the UAE courts more efficient, transparent and modern. Cases will be dealt with electronically before registering the case for the court verdict, according to a report made by an ad-hoc committee of the council.
The new system will enable registering a case electronically, to be sent as a complete file to the judge where it will be available to all judicial parties involved in the case. The system uses modern technology on a par with the best court systems in the world to ensure that case information is protected, accessible to authorized users and readily available to the judges and the relevant court staff.
- Relaxation for debt defaulters
- The UAE will stop jailing terminally ill patients, seniors, pregnant women and minors under 18 years of age for defaulting on debts. The legislation, will stop the imprisonment of both Emirati and foreign senior people who are above 70 years. Under the draft law, which requires the House’s approval before being finally endorsed as law by President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a defaulter would no longer risk a jail term if he or she has a child younger than 15 years, his or her spouse is dead — or jailed — for any reason.
- “No prison term will be given to a defaulter if he or she is married to the creditor or a kin thereof, unless the debt is a maintenance or an allowance paid under a court order by one spouse to another,” the draft law suggests.
The legislation also suggests that a debtor does not risk a jail term if he or she presents a collateral agreement to answer for the debt, or presents a surety which assumes legal responsibility for the fulfilment of the debt.
The draft law would also prohibit the jailing of defaulters for debts less than Dh10,000 — unless the debt is a fine or a maintenance paid by a court order.
The draft law also provides that a creditor may request the court to impose precautionary attachment on the movable property of the other party in the event that the creditor fears he may lose his rights due to the debtor not having a permanent residence in the UAE, or where the creditor fears that the debtor may abscond, smuggle or conceal his money, or where security over the debt is at risk.
- FNC passes anti-money laundering bill
The draft law, fast-tracked by the government, sets up a national panel to be charged with fighting money laundering and terrorist financing. It will be made up of representatives from the UAE’s Central Bank, ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Justice, Finance, Economy, and Social Affairs, as well as state security and customs authorities, among other institutions. Under the new rules, money launderers may face up to ten years in prison, a fine of up to Dh500, 000 or both. In the case of a business, the penalty is a fine ranging from between Dh300, 000 and Dh1 million. Also, the proceeds of any money-laundering activity will be confiscated. Board members, managers and staff of financial businesses who fail to report any money laundering transaction or terrorist financing carried out in their companies will face a jail term of up to three years, a fine of up to Dh300, 000 or both.
The anti-money laundering act also mandates that all inbound travellers should declare “the amount of money, convertible financial instruments, or precious metals and gems they hold under the disclosure regulation to be issued by the UAE Central Bank.”
- Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has announced new caps for the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
The new cap is operational from 1st May 2014 and will be available for visa applicants until the introduction of the new Express Entry skilled immigration system in 2015. In addition, there is a new list of eligible occupations for the FSWP. The number of occupations on the list is increased from 24 to 50. The new program seeks to select candidates with the highest probability of economic settlement success and contribution to Canada.
(by National Occupational Classification [NOC] code)
Number of complete applications counted towards the 1,000 sub-cap 0013 Senior managers – financial, communications and other business services 3 0015 Senior managers – trade, broadcasting and other services, n.e.c. – 0111 Financial managers 19 0112 Human resources managers 3 0113 Purchasing managers 3 0121 Insurance, real estate and financial brokerage managers 1 0311 Managers in health care 1 0711 Construction managers 2 0712 Home building and renovation managers – 0811 Managers in natural resources production and fishing – 0911 Manufacturing managers 1 1111 Financial auditors and accountants 17 1112 Financial and investment analysts 120 1113 Securities agents, investment dealers and brokers – 1114 Other financial officers 3 1123 Professional occupations in advertising, marketing and public relations 4 1212 Supervisors, finance and insurance office workers 1 1224 Property administrators – 2113 Geoscientists and oceanographers 2 2131 Civil engineers 20 2132 Mechanical engineers 34 2133 Electrical and electronics engineers 11 2145 Petroleum engineers – 2171 Information systems analysts and consultants 28 2172 Database analysts and data administrators 4 2173 Software engineers and designers 54 2174 Computer programmers and interactive media developers 130 2232 Mechanical engineering technologists and technicians – 2234 Construction estimators 1 2241 Electrical and electronics engineering technologists and technicians 2 2243 Industrial instrument technicians and mechanics 2 2263 Inspectors in public and environmental health and occupational health and safety 2 2281 Computer network technicians 23 3011 Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors – 3012 Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses 7 3111 Specialist physicians – 3112 General practitioners and family physicians – 3132 Dietitians and nutritionists – 3141 Audiologists and speech-language pathologists 1 3142 Physiotherapists 11 3143 Occupational Therapists 1 3214 Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists and cardiopulmonary technologists – 3215 Medical Radiation Technologists – 3216 Medical Sonographers – 3233 Licensed practical nurses – 3234 Paramedical occupations – 4011 University professors and lecturers 4 4151 Psychologists 1 4214 Early childhood educators and assistants – 5125 Translators, terminologists and interpreters –