As part of the Department's continued efforts to enhance cooperation in continuing professional development training for legal practitioners, H.E. Dr. Lowai Belhoul, Director General of the Legal Affairs Department, received a delegation of the Institute of Training and Judicial Studies headed by Director General H.E. Mohammad Al Kamali, at Dubai Legal Professional Development Centre.  

The delegation was given a comprehensive explanation both, of the Centre and, its training programmes.  In particular, a thorough briefing on the Continuing Legal Professional Development Programme (CLPD), launched by the Department last November which sets out a framework to ensure that legal consultants in Dubai undertake annual training courses to enhance their skills. Courses deliver foundational UAE legal knowledge coupled with the latest international developments in legal practice, in order to maintain and enhance confidence in the provision of legal services in the Emirate.

Dr. Belhoul explained that the programme sets an upper limit of 16 hours mandatory annual training for legal consultants registered and licensed with the Department. This yearly limit is divided into 8 hours spent on courses designated and prescribed by the Department and 8 hours spent on courses selected by legal consultants from a range provided by the Department's accredited external training providers.

He added that the Department launched this programme after examining an extensive number of established jurisdictions, to confidently adopt best practices in the continuing legal professional development sphere.  

Dr. Al Kamali stressed that with its extensive expertise in training and the qualification of legal practitioners, the Institute of Training and Judicial Studies,   is primly positioned to fully contribute to the CLPD Programme. The Institute can provide lectures, courses and workshops covering a spectrum of legal topics, to assist legal consultants in meeting the Programme's annual training hours.    

In conclusion, the delegation toured the Centre's library, lecture theatre, training and study rooms.