Bahrain: CLDP Organizes Workshop on Case Management for Bahrain Judiciary

April 29, 2018 - April 30, 2018
Case Management for Bahrain Judiciary Participants

From April 29-30, CLDP conducted a workshop in Manama, Bahrain in coordination with Bahrain’s Ministry of Justice, Supreme Judicial Council on case management and electronic court filing with the objective to share best practices from the United States and UAE that are competent, efficient, and transparent. The workshop focused primarily on case management techniques for judges, and also included sessions on how to train clerks and professional civil servants within the judiciary on how to effectively manage cases. Bahrain is in the final stages of implementing amendments to their civil procedure law that will allow for the first time, electronic court filing and introduction of new case management procedures for the judiciary.  The workshop also highlighted the importance of court automation, particularly for the business community, and the need for the transparent publication of court decisions, as well as focus on cyber security for transitioning to e-filing system.  

The program featured Judge Virginia Covington of the Middle District of Florida, Sheryl Loesch, Clerk of the Court for U.S. Bankruptcy Court of the Middle District of Florida, and the current chief judge of the Dubai Commercial Court, Mohamed Al-Sabousy. The program audience included judges and court administrators from Bahrain including the Chief Justice of Bahrain’s Court of Cassation, who contributed best practices and lessons learned from their jurisdiction to the program discussions.  U.S. Ambassador Justin Siberell delivered opening remarks at the workshop, noting the importance of contract enforcement to foreign direct investment in Bahrain and promoting U.S. company interests in the country.  This workshop is part of CLDP’s multiphase contract enforcement program to assist countries in the Middle East and North Africa region to improve efficiency, predictability, and transparency in the adjudication of commercial disputes.

Upcoming Programs

October 21, 2018 - October 22, 2018
October 22, 2018 - October 24, 2018

CLDP in Action

September 24, 2018 - September 25, 2018

On September 24-25, in Manama, CLDP led a workshop and focus group on government tendering in cooperation with the Bahrain Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism (MOICT), Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the American Chamber of Commerce in Bahrain, Bahrain Businesswomen Society and several government contracting agencies. The workshop focused on Bahrain’s recent reforms to promote set-aside programs for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Such programs aim to set aside a set percentage of public contracts to be awarded exclusively to SMEs. The workshop was the fourth meeting led by CLDP and MOICT, and largely focused on electronic procurement mechanisms and online registry to move forward on the pilot program to promote the use of SMEs in public procurement. In implementing the pilot program, MOICT has considered incorporating many of CLDP’s recommendations, including creating a small business oversight body, online registration system, and online advertising platforms that are similar. While the pilot program is expected to be launched in early 2019 for three government agencies, CLDP expects to continue to provide technical assistance on SME procurement reform to help make small business set-aside programs a reality.

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