Dubai authorities will no longer confiscate passports for some crimes

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Charged with a minor offence in Dubai? Dubai’s judicial authority has announced it will no longer hold on to your passport.

Under the new Smart Bail service, announced by Dubai Public Prosecution, police will instead register the accused’s details electronically. After that they can be released from police custody, but will not be allowed to leave the UAE until their case has concluded and to ensure they don’t try to travel, all ports and airports will be notified.

The new service debuts at Jebel Ali Police Station and rolls out to all police stations in Dubai by the second quarter of 2018, where it should cut paperwork and speed up the handling of misdemeanours and some finance cases.

It’s all part of a “smart transformation” of the legal system, which in November 2017 saw a new Penal Order deal with minor crimes through fines instead of court appearances. In the first quarter of 2018, 7,000 cases were resolved in about two working hours and cases referred to Dubai Courts reduced by 30 per cent.

Dubai Attorney General Essam Issa Al Humaidan said: “The directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum regarding the smart transformation are clear and the Public Prosecution is committed to implementing His Highness’s directives. We are keen to support the effort to consolidate Dubai’s position as a leading global metropolis and one of the safest and happiest cities in the world.”



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