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Why Opt In

The Small Claims Tribunal (SCT) at DIFC Courts is an increasingly popular option for businesses in Dubai, UAE and beyond for small claims, especially when people want to have their commercial and employment disputes heard in English.

Small claims are defined as:

  • When the amount or value of the claim is not greater than AED 500,000
  • or

  • When the amount or value of the claim is not greater than AED 1 million,
    • and the claim does not relate to employment
    • both parties agree in writing that it be heard by the SCT
  • or

  • When the claim relates to employment and the amount or value of the claim is greater than AED 500,000,
    • and both parties agree in writing that it be heard by the SCT.

The SCT offers businesses and individuals

  • fast resolution - an average of 90% of cases have been settled within four weeks
  • private and confidential proceedings
  • reduced costs – trained mediators help both parties to sum up a dispute and to highlight what is important to them to reach a settlement.

Hearings take place without lawyers in a private, informal setting, leading to more amicable – even friendly – resolution of disputes. With our emphasis on settlement, many disputes are decided early in the process, maximising the possibility of maintaining a good business relationship.


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DMCC registered companies can benefit from using SCT for commercial contracts dispute resolution when DMCC mediation has not enabled parties to reach settlement.

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