Tun Zaki Azmi appointed as judge at Dubai financial courts

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Chief Justice of Malaysia Tun Zaki Azmi has been appointed as a judge at the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts.

Zaki was sworn in on Dec 10 in Dubai along with Justice Shamlan Al Sawalehi from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Roger Giles, Queen’s Counsel, from Australia.

When contacted, Zaki said it was an honour to be appointed by Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and expressed his gratitude for the ruler’s trust in appointing him.

“I believe a Malaysian was chosen because they recognised the judicial integrity of Malaysian judges.

“God willing, my role will allow me to contribute and deliver my best for the benefit of the DIFC Courts specially and to the Emirates generally.”

Zaki is the second Malaysian to serve in the DIFC Courts.

The first was Tan Sri Siti Norma Yaakob in 2008, after her retirement as Chief Judge of Malaya in 2007.

Siti Norma, who was with the DIFC Courts until this year was the first female judge appointed to the Courts.

According to the DIFC website, the DIFC Courts is independent judicial system within the financial district.

It operates a “common law judicial system with exclusive jurisdiction over all civil and commercial disputes within DIFC financial district, including bodies and companies registered in DIFC.”

The courts, which have a panel comprising internationally renowned commercial and civil law judges, work to ensure the highest standards of legal procedure “so that they provide the certainty, flexibility and efficiency expected by global institutions operating within DIFC.”