The full spectrum of regional and international law firms operate in Dubai, providing services of various kinds. From business, real estate, corporate, trademark/patent lawyers to immigration, criminal and family lawyers, Dubai’s comprehensive legal system caters to the varying needs of the citizens. It should also be noted that since Dubai courts conduct themselves in the Arabic language, legal representation not only requires legal advocates who are properly licensed to appear before the courts, but also requires that they are conversant in Arabic.
An accused person in a case involving a possible life sentence automatically gets a government appointed lawyer, while those facing prison terms of between three and fifteen years can ask for a court-appointed lawyer, if they cannot afford one. From 2012, the first public defender's office, which is a new service introduced by the Community Development Authority, will provide free legal representation for anyone accused of a criminal offence - if they cannot afford a lawyer by themselves.