UAE cabinet approves changes to public notary legislation


A cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has approved amendments to the 'Law on Evidence in Civil and Commercial Transactions.'

The changes are part of the smart digital transformation of government services and will ensure confidentiality, speed and flexibility, in line with national information security regulations and policies, both at federal and local levels.

The reforms include the adoption of digital signatures and documents.

The e-signatures will be approved and treated as official documents mentioned in the evidence law.

Other amendments will help to simplify the evidence-giving process for all parties and enable the use of e-transactions in notary public procedures.

The changes facilitate the creation of memos and the verification of proof of identity, as well as the registration, signing and payment of fees.

The Minister of Justice will issue the necessary resolutions to enable the use of information technology in notary public work.

Documents must be created and saved electronically, and will be kept confidential and may not be circulated, copied or deleted from the electronic system without permission from the relevant administration of the notary public at the ministry.

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