• PART 1 PART 1 — General

    • 1. Application of Rules

      These Rules apply to a judicial office holder.

    • 2. Making a complaint about judicial misconduct

      (1) A complaint must be made to the Abu Dhabi Global Market Judicial Conduct Investigations Bureau (the "Bureau").
      (2) A complaint must contain an allegation of misconduct.
      (3) A complaint must be made in a complaint document unless the Bureau agrees to accept a complaint in another form.
      (4) A "complaint document" is a document in writing which —
      (a) is in English and is legible;
      (b) contains an allegation of misconduct on the part of a named or identifiable judicial office holder;
      (c) states the date, or dates, when the alleged misconduct took place;
      (d) sets out the facts and circumstances that are alleged to constitute the misconduct; and
      (e) states the name and address of the person who is making the complaint.
      (5) A complaint document is to be accompanied by the originals or copies of all the documents within the control of the complainant to which he intends to refer.
      (6) The Bureau must not accept a complaint in any case where the complainant states that they do not want the judicial office holder concerned to see a copy of the complaint document or of any document accompanying it.

    • 3. Time limits within which a complaint must be made

      (1) A complaint must be made within three months of the latest event or matter complained of.
      (2) The complainant must be informed —
      (a) if the complaint has not been accepted because it is out of time; and
      (b) that they may make representations to the Bureau within 10 business days of the notification that the complaint is out of time for an extension of the time limit.

    • 4. Extension of time limits

      (1) The Bureau may extend or shorten any time limit under these Rules, whether or not the time limit has expired, where there is good reason to do so.
      (2) The Bureau may extend the time limit for making a complaint only in exceptional circumstances.
      (3) The fact that a complaint may contain an allegation of misconduct will not, by itself, be sufficient reason for the Bureau to accept a complaint outside the three month time limit.
      (4) Where the Bureau has extended a time limit, it must —
      (a) inform the complainant and, if they are aware of the complaint, the judicial office holder concerned; and
      (b) keep a record of the reasons for the extension.

    • 5. Measurement of time for doing an act

      In these Rules the time for doing any act in response to a notification, invitation or request ("the document") starts on the day that corresponds to the method of delivery used in relation to the notification, invitation or request shown in the table below.

      Method of delivery Starting day
      Any postal method which provides for delivery on the next business day. The second business day after the day on which the document was posted.
      Any postal method which provides for delivery any time after the next business day. The third business day after the day on which the document was posted.
      Delivering the document to or leaving it at a permitted address. If it is delivered to or left at the permitted address on a business day before 5pm, that day; or if delivered at, or after, 5pm, the next business day.
      E-mail or other electronic method. If an e-mail or other electronic transmission is sent on a business day before 5pm, that day; or, if an email or other electronic transmission is sent at, or after, 5pm, the next business day.