This morning, the events of " Innovation Open Day" were inaugurated which is organized by the Ministry of Justice under title "The Innovation in the Justice Sector" under the patronage of Sultan Saeed Al-Badi, Minister of Justice, in the presence of Judge Mohammed Hamad Al-Badi, President of the Federal Supreme Court, Judge Sultan Rashid Al Matroushi, Acting Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, and leaders of the ministry, court presidents, representatives of government actors, ambassadors of innovation and a number of lawyers.
The events were inaugurated by Abdullah Al Majid, Assistant Undersecretary at Ministry of Justice for support services, CEO of Innovation, who conveyed the greetings and the appreciation of Sultan Saeed Al Badi, Minister of Justice, in the presence of the distinguished defenders of justice and law in UAE. He said, "We celebrate the Innovation Open Day, to embody and interpret the instructions of the wise leadership that have already made it possible to achieve happiness and highest standards of living for its people. "Innovation in the justice sector" is a style that we follow and integral part of the vision and strategy of the Ministry of Justice. It is an effective means to achieve global leadership in the provision of judicial services. He referred that The Ministry of Justice has always been keen on embracing innovation as an essential pillar and institutional value. We seek through it, innovation method, to provide initiatives and innovations that aimed at improving performance, adopting a culture of creativity and innovation, and prompting and disseminating it as a certified standard practice for the development of judicial and legal services. Also, addressing field challenges and contributing to the efficiency rising of the judicial system. Thus we can achieve our vision of leadership in justice and our mission to express our commitment to provide a fair judicial system through effective legislation that guarantees the rule of law and the protection of rights and freedoms, provide distinguished legal services, achieve one of our strategic objectives of establishing a culture of innovation in the institutional work environment, this is in addition to the Ministry of Justice adoption of an integrated methodology in all its work. It also strengthens its expertise in these areas and develops the work of the Ministry at the judicial, legal and administrative levels, as part of its efforts to support the process of innovation and creativity in the country, and in pursuance of the vision of the UAE 2021, and the national strategy for innovation.
Al-Majid said that the laws and the appropriate regulatory frameworks are one of the basic conditions for creating the appropriate climate for innovation. Therefore, The Ministry of Justice, through the implementation of the National Strategy for Innovation, seeks to provide a regulatory environment, legislations to stimulate innovation and effective procedures for patenting registration, disseminate awareness of intellectual property rights and its importance and ways of protecting it. This side is one of the topics for our Open Day, as well as a host of important topics including the artificial intelligence, the internet of things, Block Chain technology, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and its applications in the justice sector.
The executive chairman for innovation field in the Minister of Justice added that "the UAE Month for Innovation" contributes to develop the community and to achieve the citizen's happiness. We at the Ministry of Justice provide a range of important innovative and developing initiatives for achieving that. UAE is also a pioneer in innovation and working to provide outstanding initiatives that elevate the country to the highest global ranks. Which is a source of pride and inspiration for creativity, innovation and excellence in various fields and sectors. As we learned from our wise leadership, we do not stop at achieving a certain success or achievement only, as success is an ongoing process that is based on an agile management that responds to the changes and qualified employees who are capable of devising solutions to any challenges facing them in the work process. Therefore, I invite all to continue to give and work diligently and intensify efforts to be the number one and even more than within a period of ten years in all fields.
The counselor Sarah Hazeem Al Shamsi, Director of the Department of Lawyers and Interpreters at the Ministry of Justice, presented the opening ceremony to show Innovation Day Program and its axes. Guillaume de Robbie, Secretary-General of the Paris and Middle East and North Africa Forum at Lexus Nexis For Legal Solutions in France, presented the theme of "Artificial intelligence and its applications in the justice sector" at the beginning of the opening ceremony. The first physical applications of artificial intelligence technology have begun to emerge strongly in the justice sector by taking advantage of large data in the industry of tomorrow's law and looking ahead through the analysis of legal data of new technologies in what is called the predictive justice.
It was also presented another lecture about the "Block Chain" and its applications in the justice sector "presented by Cyan Leb, the executive chairman of the technology in the Business Incubator Group at the Crimson Logic Company for electronic Government Solutions in Singapore. He reviewed the Block Chain technology with its useful properties in many non-financial cases such as the empowerment of the legal profession in general - lawyers and their legal interlocutors - from the experience of digitizing capacity in contracts and smart legal documents.
In the "Internet of things and its applications in the Justice Sector" section, Cyan Leb also presented the Internet connection of the things with electronic justice. In addition, the possibility of employing techniques such as the internet of things to serve the electronic justice agenda and laws governing the process of using the internet of things to mitigate potential bad effects.
About the topic of "How to protect your inventions" (Intellectual property and patents), lawyer Rani Sader, the founder and managing partner of the legal firm Sader in Lebanon, presented the current intellectual property rights, which is one of the main priorities in today's economies referred to as "the new intellectual property economy." Little is happening in this new economy without ideas that lead to innovation and how to acquire and exploit the exclusive intellectual property rights and value that build strong and successful economies.
The open day events included an interactive questionnaire for participants, which included evaluation, proposals and inputs for performance development and support for innovation initiatives.
The events and laboratories of the Ministry of Justice will include around the current February a variety of events starting with the Innovation Open Day, an Innovation Lab in the development of services and procedures in Fujairah on February12, the Interactive Innovation Lab with Laws of Tomorrow (students' law) on February13. In addition, a workshop about prosecutors' innovations on February 14 in Abu Dhabi, a lab of justice pathways development in Traffic Accidents cases on February 27 in Dubai, Virtual Data Lab from February 19 to 22 and an Innovation Lab to Develop Financial Management Services on 15 February. They also will include an Interactive Innovation Lab for the Development of the Experts Profession that will be held at the Institute of Judicial Studies in Sharjah on February18, an Innovation Lab for the Development of IT Services on February 25, and finally an Innovation Lab for the Development of Human Resources Services on February 28.
While the innovative initiatives of the Ministry of Justice include several projects, including:
Judicial Innovation Center:
The Judicial Innovation and Future Prospects Center of the Ministry of Justice aims to develop the justice sector by creating a unique Emirati center in the region linked to a network of international institutions and academics concerned with the design and study of the latest innovations to develop judicial and legal services to look into the future. This is for implementing the orientations of the state in achieving leadership locally and internationally. Thus, the Center is considered an accredited reference for the development of the judiciary in particular and the justice sector in general.
Smart litigation project:
"Smart Litigation" provides judges and litigants with developed technical means that enable communication between all relevant judges, lawyers, translators, experts, witnesses and adversaries through the video-conference and other modern technology. This innovation can facilitate access to justice, increase the productivity of courts, and exceed the geographical distance of stakeholders from courtrooms.
Legal Observatory and Comparative Law:
The initiative creates a comparative electronic legislative database covering the leading countries in the legal field. The Ministry and other stakeholders in the legislative session provide accurate and up-to-date data on the most important international legislation on any subject or legislation in circulation or subject to research. This initiative helps to develop laws and legislations at global levels and speed up their adoption and approval procedures.
Innovative legal paths: Innovative partnerships and initiatives to develop labor, workers and traffic accidents issues:
The Ministry of Justice aims to establish a system of innovative legal and judicial partnerships through designing joint procedures with concerned ministries and bodies to develop the services related to "labor and workers issues" and "traffic accidents issues" and to find fair solutions to the needs of clients. This leads to enhancing the confidence in the field of justice and increasing domestic and international service delivery.
Unified Translation Center Project:
The Ministry of Justice, through establishing the Unified Translation Center, aims to facilitate the translation process and provide related services to those directly involved in litigation. Which helps to manage the sessions in such a way as to ensure the quality and efficiency of the translation and its outputs as an influential factor in the litigation process and a contributor factor to achieve justice.
Third generation Project of UAE legislation Gateway:
The third generation of e-legislation portal aims to provide electronic database linked to the laws and legislations in the United Arab Emirates. It contains the official gazette issues, laws and principles of the Federal Supreme Court, federal court rulings, fatwas issued by the Department of Fatwa and Legislation in the Ministry of Justice and international agreements approved by the state in Arabic and English.
The initiatives of the Federal Public Prosecution also included these projects:
The Disciplinary Conciliation Initiative:
This initiative is based on moving on disciplinary concepts from traditional concepts to modern concepts that prevail over simple criminal issues and give the public prosecution an additional dimension in its duties as a protector of rights and facilitator to access to them. This is through offering reconciliation to the defendants and victims to resolve the dispute without referring them to the competent court.
Smart visit to inmates of penal and reform institutions:
It is an innovative initiative aimed at facilitating audio-visual communication between the inmates of penal and reform institutions and their families, especially the stakeholder and the elderly, both in and out of the country.
Smart conversation for easy access to public prosecution services:
It is an innovative initiative aimed at facilitating the inquiry by the clients about the services of the Public Prosecution through smart application and allows the application of proposals and complaints.
Smart Kiosk in Facilitating Public Prosecution Services:
It is an innovative supports providing perfected and accessible justice to serve clients by inquiring about issues and providing services such as paying fines, fees and printing documents.
Smart Prosecutor :
It is an innovative initiative that achieves a qualitative leap in the work of the Public Prosecution (from receiving applications, communications, petitions, issuance of inspection permits, cessation of research and investigation …..) through smart audio-visual application.