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Dubai: Changes to the Fines that can be Applied by the Public Prosecutors’ Department 

by Chatura Randeniya, Nazim Hashim

Published: October, 2019

Submission: October, 2019

 



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:


 


Misdemeanor or Offence


Previous Fine


Current Fine


Intentionally disturbing another through means of telecommunication


AED 5,000


AED 3,000


Publicly attributing to another person an incident susceptible of making the other person subject to punishment or exposing the other person to contempt


AED 2,000


AED 5,000


Publicly disgracing the honour of another person


AED 2,000


AED 3,000


Committing libel or slander over the telephone (which includes text, email, and other electronic messaging)


AED 2,000


AED 3,000


 


The following misdemeanors and offences may now be punished under a Penal Order:


 


Misdemeanor or Offence


Fine


Burning or causing to be burned any object belonging to a third party


AED 3,000


Consuming food and beverages publicly during fasting hours of Ramadan


AED 2,000


Compelling, inciting or assisting with publicly consuming food and beverages during the daytime of Ramadan


AED 2,000 with closure of shop (where applicable)


Violating an order for closure of shop


AED 3,000


Causing physical injury to another by fault (i.e. not by accident)


AED 1,000


Using a car or a motorcycle without the authorisation or consent of its owner


AED 1,000


Destroying any movable or immovable property belonging to another person


AED 1,000


Wrongfully destroying a tree, crops or any plants belonging to another person


AED 2,000


Harassing or torturing a domestic or tamed animal belonging to another person


AED 1,000


Wrongfully injuring any animal or cattle belonging to another person


AED 500


Staying illegally in the country for up to 90 days


AED 1,000


Not obtaining a residency visa for a child during the legally prescribed time period


AED 1,000


Assisting another to illegally stay in the country


AED 1,000


Driving a vehicle in violation of an order preventing the person from driving


AED 3,000


Driving a vehicle without a valid license


AED 3,000


Removing the number plate of a vehicle without permission to use it on another vehicle


AED 2,000


Failure to stop after causing a vehicle accident


AED 2,000


Refusing to provide name or address to a police officer


AED 1,000


 


 


 


Footnotes:

[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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