The Government of Dubai Legal Affairs Department, in cooperation with the Police Judicial Council of the Police General Head Quarters, conducted a training workshop on the mechanism of validating disciplinary decisions. The workshop was attended by Brigadier Ahmed Abdullah Shuhail, General Director of the Council, a number of officers and members of the Council and a number of consultants and legal staff of the Department.
His Excellency Dr. Lowai Mohamed Belhoul, Director General of the Government of Dubai, Legal Affairs Department stressed the importance of holding such workshops as they reflect the Department's desire to cooperate with its strategic partners and raise awareness of proper procedures in legal work. This is particularly significant when it comes to the matter of validating disciplinary decisions as the cornerstone of disciplinary action. His Excellency also emphasized the necessity of providing legal reasons by disciplinary boards when taking disciplinary action against military personnel working in the Emirate of Dubai. This is integral to ensuring the rule of law, which is part of the foundations of the UAE, as one of the benchmark global criteria for sustaining comprehensive development.
The workshop, which was held remotely, was opened by legal counsel Dr. Jumaa Obaid Al Falasi, Head of the Governmental Training Section at the Legal Affairs Department of Dubai Government. Dr Jumaa welcomed the attendees and emphasized the Department's continued readiness to implement any training initiatives related to the duties and functions of the Department, which in turn promotes excellence in government work.
The workshop presented by legal counsel Tariq Fayek Saeed of the Government Disputes and Claims Directorate at the Legal Affairs Department, included an introduction of the formal procedures of providing evidence and valid reasons for the disciplinary decision. He also explained how these formal procedures have marked an evolution in disciplinary judgement, one that aims to achieve justice and avoid biases, and create a balance between the judge's freedom of conviction while ensuring that this freedom does not go beyond its intended purpose.
The workshop covered the principles and mechanisms of conducting disciplinary trial sessions, and the rules of deliberation in issuing the decision, whereby the process of validations consists of narrating the facts of the claim, extracting the correct ones from them and evaluating them, and applying the necessary legal rules. This is dependent on the logical link between the operative decision and its causes, and the adequacy of these reasons whereby they are not contradictory. On the issues of form and substance, the workshop tackled the general rules for validating disciplinary decisions.
The workshop concluded by reviewing some of the previous decisions, which were hindered by insufficient validation, and therefore lost their legality. This was intended to assist disciplinary boards in avoiding these issues when drafting their disciplinary decisions, consequently hindering any legal loopholes which may lead to setting the decision aside or revoking it. This will ensure the objectivity of the disciplinary decision, and its dependence on the link to the validation and eventually its legality.