The Dubai legal system is a civil law system based on Egyptian law, Civil Law (French), and Islamic Law (Sharīʿa). The Dubai court system is composed of trial level courts, appellate courts, and the court of cassation, which is the highest court of the land. Under the civil law system, courts give great weight to codes of laws. While the Dubai Civil Law system does not generally follow the common law principle of stare decisis, the decisions of the Court of Cassation – the highest court in Dubai – are persuasive authority and provide guidance for the lower courts on the interpretation of the law. Also, the opinions of scholars explaining the codes are persuasive authority.
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