To provide a world-class international court and dispute resolution Centre that will maintain the highest ethical standards, act in accordance with internationally recognized best practices and deliver justice fairly and efficiently with a firm commitment to upholding the Rule of Law.
The Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre (QICDRC) (also known as the Civil and Commercial Court of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC), was established by QFC Law No. 2 of 2009 (Amending Certain Provisions of the Qatar Financial Centre (QFC)), to be the final piece of the State of Qatar's initiative to build a world-class international financial centre. It was designed to have international standards in dispute resolution, and to be part of the strategy of the QFC to attract international business and financial services into Qatar. The QICDRC provides a modern, specialist, Civil and Commercial Court designed to hear cases quickly, economically and in front of internationally renowned, independent judges.
The Civil and Commercial Court consists of a first instance circuit and an appellate circuit. According to Article 8(3)(C) of the QFC Law, the first instance circuit has the jurisdiction to hear the following disputes:
- Civil and commercial disputes arising from transactions, contracts, arrangements or incidences taking place in or from the QFC between the entities established therein.
- Civil and commercial disputes arising between QFC authorities or institutions and the entities established therein.
- Civil and commercial disputes arising between entities established in the QFC and contractors therewith and employees thereof, unless the parties agree otherwise.
- Civil and commercial disputes arising from transactions, contracts or arrangements taking place between entities established within the QFC and residents of the State, or entities established in the State but outside the QFC, unless the parties agree otherwise.
Led by the President of the Court, The Rt. Hon Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd, the judges of the Court are renowned for their independence, impartiality, integrity and propriety. The judges hail from a variety of jurisdictions including Qatar, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, New Zealand, India and Kuwait making the Court a truly international one.
In addition to the Court, the Regulatory Tribunal of the Qatar Financial Centre has the jurisdiction to hear Appeals raised by individuals and corporate bodies against decisions of the QFC Authority, the Regulatory Authority, and other QFC institutions.
Led by its Chairman, Sir William Blair, the Regulatory Tribunal comprises judges from the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and India, all of whom specialize in the resolution of regulatory disputes.