Dubai: Changes to the Fines that can be Applied by the Public Prosecutors’ Department
The Public Prosecutors’ Department in Dubai has the power to impose fines with respect to certain criminal misdemeanors and offences[i] without being required to refer the matter to a Court of Law. Such fines are issued under a Penal Order. This power stems from Dubai Law No. 1 of 2017, which authorises the Attorney General of Dubai to prescribe the offences and the corresponding fines which may be the subject of a Penal Order. On 1 October 2019 the Attorney General of Dubai issued Resolution No. 119 of 2019 (the Resolution) amending certain fines that could earlier be imposed under Penal Orders, and adding misdemeanors and offences which may be the subject of a Penal Order.
The following fines are amended:
The following misdemeanors and offences may now be punished under a Penal Order:
[i] Under the UAE Penal Code, ‘Misdemeanors’ are crimes that are punishable by a fine, diyah and/or a term of imprisonment not exceeding three years. ’Offences’ are crimes that are punishable by a fine or by detention for a period not exceeding ten days.
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