Dubai – MENA Herald: H.E. Expert/Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, Director General of Dubai Courts, inaugurated today (Tuesday, September 15, 2015) the ‘elite program’ for middle-level managers in the judicial and administrative bodies in a bid to drive excellence in the judicial sector. The ceremony took place at the Etisalat Academy – one of the most important training centers in the Gulf, the Middle East and North Africa regions – where the training sessions will be conducted. The ‘elite program’ meets the highest quality and standards of excellence and is in line with Dubai Courts’ aspirations to build creative and efficient human resources and continuously consolidate Dubai’s global status.

Al Mansouri said: “Training the first batch of Dubai Courts’ middle-level managers is particularly important given the critical need to enhance their leadership, work skills and attitude for them to keep up with the accelerated developments within the highly competitive legal and judicial sector. The sector’s transformation is due in part to Dubai’s move towards ‘smart’ governance and rapid progress. The ‘elite program’ focuses on ensuring equity and equal opportunities as well as determining the strengths, areas for improvements and essential job skills to ensure high performance and leadership within Dubai Courts.  We will soon implement similar development programs for our other employees. The training programs are in accordance with a comprehensive methodology based on theoretical and practical training, team building, role-playing and simulation.”

Al Mansouri added: “The ‘elite program’ is a big boost to our efforts to achieve our strategic objectives of focusing on knowledge management, promoting an environment of creativity and innovation, and developing and empowering our human resources to achieve excellence in their performance. We also aim to make a positive impact in terms of providing the best services and attaining the community’s happiness and welfare. Our goals are aligned with the vision and guidance of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai.”

Stages and functions

The program will be held in two phases. The first stage includes the assessment of personal capabilities to identify the areas for development, while the second phase covers a series of eight training programs delivered in Arabic with each session to be conducted for more than three days. The training programs are designed based on the functions of the middle-level managers; the trainees are subjected to an integrated development program consisting of a set of developmental workshops that meet the actual needs of the judicial and administrative authority.  

The program’s eight key areas are ‘Strategic Planning,’ ‘Change and Innovation Leadership,’ ‘Team Leadership,’ ‘Financial Management,’ ‘Institutional Performance Development Measurement,’ ‘Management and Development of People,’ ‘Problem-solving and Decision-making,’ and ‘Conflict and Negotiation Management.’

Advanced training methodology

The ‘elite program’ training methodology is aligned with the rapid developments in the judicial sector. It comprises 40 per cent theory and 60 per cent workshops, with a special focus on the practical applications of theoretical information. The program’s distinctive ‘team building’ sessions encourage teamwork and create a friendly environment to nurture trust among team members. The ‘roles and simulation play’ sessions, meanwhile, are regarded as the most prominent of the practical training activities and are aimed at strengthening the employees’ decision-making and problem-solving capabilities, among others.

At the end of the ‘elite program,’ detailed reports will be prepared to share the results of behavioral and technical evaluations and recommendations for each trainee. The reports will also contain an overview of the level of performance and participation of each trainee during the theoretical and practical training sessions. The program will train 15 to 20 trainees per batch.