The continuous COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an incredible number of changes
to the manner in which we work, mingle and socially connect. The criminal
justice framework is nowhere different from other sectors, and various laws and
procedures have been adjusted to constrain physical connection and secure
powerless individuals during the pandemic.
We have set out a portion of the more significant changes underneath, however
recall that the clinical counsel and the law around this circumstance is
evolving quickly, at a state and national level. This data is precise at the
hour of creating it, yet please get in touch with the best Criminal Lawyers to
get the most recent update on the law.
The preliminary step taken by the criminal courts during the lockdown was
temporary suspension of all criminal cases for all cases where the individuals
were on bail and were adjourned post 16 April 2020. However, the cases where the
accused were held by the court will be heard on immediate basis.
In furtherance, the government issued provisions and cabinet decisions wherein,
anybody intentionally spreading coronavirus or neglecting to report a suspected
or positive Covid-19 case will confront robust fines and prison, the specialists
have cautioned as they step up measures to contain the pandemic.
For deliberately spreading the contamination, the punishment is as long as five
years in jail as well as a fine at the very least Dh50,000 and not more than
Dh100,000. For not detailing a case, the violator will be imprisoned for three
years in prison or potentially a fine not surpassing Dh10,000.
In addition, spreading fake information about COVID-19 will also be punishable
under the law. Therefore, posting, remarking or coursing messages, data or
pictures with respect to Covid-19 patients and their families via web-based
networking media, regardless of whether the substance is intended to prompt or
for their prosperity, will be viewed as attack of protection and maligning.
This is in reference to Article 24 of the Cyber Crime Law, those found utilizing
the innovation to attack another person's security which can even incorporate
listening in, replicating photographs or distributing news could be imprisoned
for a half year and face fines between Dh150, 000 and Dh500, 000.
The Ministry of Justice has affirmed that punishments accommodated in Federal
Law No. 14 of 2014 on the control of transmittable diseases apply to the novel
coronavirus (COVID-19) after it was formally included by the Ministry of Health
and Community Protection in the rundown of transferable sicknesses connected to
the law. The service noticed that the approvals specified are planned for
ensuring general wellbeing and reinforcing the state's endeavors in executing
the procedure of battling transferable sicknesses and forestalling their spread,
including the coronavirus. The authority clarified that violation of the law is
detainment or potentially a fine of up to Dh10,000.
Should you have any questions or concerns with respect to the time span in which
your case is advancing or in the event that you have a potential debate that is
dependent upon a cutoff time or time bar, it would be ideal if you contact any
of the colleagues recorded beneath or your typical contact at Stephenson Harwood
during this emergency.