The UAE believes in providing legal and judicial aid for those who cannot afford the legal fees. In accordance with the UAE's Constitution, everyone must find an easy access to the competent lawyer. The economic and social circumstances must not preclude anyone to get easy access to justice.
Ministry of Justice offers free legal consultation of court documents to those individuals who are unable to pay.
ADJD's free legal aid
Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) offers free legal aid services to poor/needy people and guide them legally and neutrally to support their right of easy access to justice. Services include advocacy services, settlement of expertise fees and publishing notices in the newspapers. The aid is based on certain eligibility criteria such as the seriousness of the case and the income of the beneficiary of the service.
'Shoor' legal advice programme
Dubai Courts launched free legal consultation programme 'Shoor' (Arabic for consult us) service where authorised law firms offer free voluntary legal consultations to litigants.
Each firm has the right to specify the number of hours for which they can offer consultation per month. The Litigant Guidance division of Dubai Courts supervises the implementation of the programme and brings litigants in touch with the participating law firms.
Legal clinic programme
Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai runs the Legal Clinic programme which provides free legal consultation services to all Dubai residents. Through agreements with CDA, professional lawyers respond to public enquiries received by the authority. The legal clinic aims to raise the community's awareness of their legal rights according to the Child Protection Act and the Personal Status Law.
For more information, you can contact CDA through:
The Voluntary Legal Services Smart Portal
The Voluntary Legal Services Smart Portal is part of ‘The Volunteering Lawyers’ initiative aimed at enhancing the participation of legal experts in Dubai in pro bono work. It is designed to ensure that individuals who are financially disadvantaged, can access free legal services.
Registered advocacy and legal consultancy firms can list their information and specify the areas of law in which they are qualified to offer legal services to the public. Their details will be accessible to individuals seeking free legal assistance.