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Business law in Qatar

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The judiciary is not completely independent.
Many judges serving in the Qatari judiciary are recruited on a temporary basis, thus making their independence a complex issue.
Court proceedings could lack transparency, as some hearings are held in closed session without justification and lawyers can experience difficulties in gaining access to relevant information.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Qatar is one of the least corrupt countries in the MENA region. However, foreign nationals cannot be always guaranteed an impartial trial from the country’s judicial system.
The Language of Justice
Arabic is the official language for Qatari’s courts.
Recourse to an Interpreter
The courts will hear evidence given by non-Arabic speakers and witnesses through an interpreter, who are required to take an oath and obliged to observe all honesty, integrity and sincerity.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
Shari’a Law (Islamic Religious Law)
The Consultative Assembly is the legislative body of Qatar
Qatar does not accept compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.
Checking National Laws Online
Al Meezan – Qatari legal portal

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