Our first edition of 2022 focuses on Healthcare and Life Sciences. It is a sector that will once again have the spotlight on it this year as we continue to tackle COVID-19 and its subsequent variants. While the pandemic continues to challenge the sector, governments across the region forge ahead with their plans to expand and upgrade healthcare systems and develop robust world-class healthcare infrastructure.
For the region, healthcare is a vital pillar in diversifying its economies, both locally and as medical tourism hubs. To underpin this, healthcare authorities across the region continue to implement frameworks and regulations that provide structure and accountability.
In this edition, you have unique access to great insights and expert commentary on a number of pertinent healthcare regulatory developments. You will find a topical mix of articles; for example, our lawyers discuss vaccines and returning to work during the pandemic. They take you through several other areas, including stem cell research in Bahrain, clinical research laws in Egypt, and Saudi medical device and pharmaceutical laws.Take a read of the edition
The Dubai Courts has decided to postpone court hearings for all court levels (Cassation, Appeal and First Instance), and that some services to be accessed remotely as a precautionary measure against the spread of COVID-19.
The Managing Director of the Dubai Courts has issued Decision Numbered 30 of 2020 on 17 March 2020 (the “Decision”), declaring postponement of the ongoing proceedings and court hearings from March 22, 2020 until April 16, 2020 (the “Suspension Period”). All applications for certifications relating to personal affairs are put on hold during the Suspension Period.
The Decision excludes from suspension: summary and interim relief cases, the smart applications and all criminal proceedings (whether trials or appeals) that involve imprisoned individuals and detainees. The Decision also mandates all judges deliver judgments on the scheduled sessions during the Suspension Period. Please note that all time limits for filing appeals and cassation challenges still stand.
The Dubai Courts will not accept new claims and applications through its premises if such claims or applications can be made through the online e-filing system. Litigants are instructed to use the e-filing and follow-up smart systems of the courts.
Another decision was issued by the Head of the First Instance Criminal Court which suspends all criminal cases before the Criminal Court of First Instance from 25 March 2020 until 16 April 2020.
At Al Tamimi & Company, we are actively monitoring the situation and we will remain in full effect as the situation develops. Our clients should rest assured that we will be taking care of their interests, and will ensure that all submissions are made on time.