The Dubai International Financial Centre Courts (DIFC), a specialized court system that handles commercial disputes, has announced it is attempting to create what it is calling the "first blockchain court." The project is part of the Smart Dubai initiative, which partners government and private sector actors in order to use technology to "empower, deliver and promote an efficient, seamless, safe and impactful city experience for residents and visitors."
In the project's announcement, chief executive of the DIFC Amna Al Owais stated:
"This taskforce is in line with our guiding principle to deliver courts as a service, powered by technology and extended through cooperation agreements and alliances. By harnessing blockchain technology, Dubai will be firmly positioned at the forefront of legaltech and judicial innovation, setting the standards for countries and judiciaries to follow."
The director of the Smart Dubai office, Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, said the partnership with DIFC would allow the two entities to "create the world's first disruptive court, helping to truly unlock the power of blockchain technology."
Dubai has previously made similar moves to incorporate blockchain into government functions such as land registry and a payments platform for the entire city. The recent announcement asserts Dubai intends to have all "applicable government transactions" on the blockchain by 2020.