Partnership seeks to enhance connectivity and ensure traditional courts processes keep up in a virtual world


Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts on Wednesday announced a partnership with Microsoft to drive the digital transformation of the commercial courts system.

The DIFC Dispute Resolution Authority (DRA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft during the International Association of Court Administrators in Washington, DC.

The agreement aims to enhance connectivity and virtual solutions to advance the more traditional court areas such as registrations, filings, case management, and even trials.

The partnership with Microsoft formalizes a joint target to advance technological innovation by leveraging the skill sets pertaining to court management.

The deal is also in line with the DIFC Courts’ 2021 vision of establishing and maintaining a courts system that is efficient, fair and accessible.

“As technology becomes universal, entrepreneurs and investors should be able to rely on courts to provide certainty, even as old models are disrupted,” said Mark Beer, OBE, Registrar-General of DIFC Courts, chief executive officer of DRA and president-elect of the International Association of Court Administrators.

“By bringing together two pioneers in their respective fields, the DIFC Courts and Microsoft believe we can help to secure businesses in the future by ensuring commercial dispute resolution keeps pace with the new digitized, connected, virtual world.”

In addition to exploring the potential of the Microsoft cloud for innovation, DIFC Courts will engage in discussions with Microsoft experts to drive digital transformation.

DIFC Courts also said it plans to collaborate further with Microsoft to bring about new technological concepts to help advance civil and commercial dispute resolution.



Petros Stathis