The DIFC issued a consultation paper asking for comments on a draft order designed to widen the jurisdiction of the SCT where the parties all agree to the SCT hearing their claims. The new order provides that the SCT will be able to hear the following claims:  

  • employment claims (irrespective of the amount of the claim); and  
  • other claims where the subject matter of the claim is less than or equal to AED500,000,  

In either case, the parties must agree in writing to submit the claim to the jurisdiction of the SCT.  

This will be in addition to the current position which allows the SCT to hear claims in which the subject matter of the claim is less than AED100,000. The consultation closed on 18 May 2010. A copy of the draft order (Order No. 1 of 2010) is available on the DIFC Courts website at www.difccourts.ae.