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Jurisdiction by Law (Section 1)

Under Legislative Decree No. (30) of 2009, any dispute where the claim exceeds BD500,000 (approximately US $1.3 million) and involves either an international commercial dispute or a party licensed by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB), is referred to BCDR-AAA. Previously, these cases would come within the jurisdiction of the courts of Bahrain.

A party files a case under the BCDR-AAA Section One of Legislative Decree No. (30) of 2009 by submitting the statement of claim and paying the filing fee.

The process of filing the request is governed by Article 8 of Resolution No. (65) of 2009.

Formal Requirements, Information, and Documentation as per Article 8 of the BCDR-AAA Regulation for Section One Cases

The case shall be filed before the Chamber, upon the plaintiff’s request, which shall include the following:

  1. The plaintiff’s name, title, occupation or position, place of residence or chosen domicile, telephone number, number of commercial register, facsimile number and email address, if any, and the name of their representative and all their contact information.
  2. The defendant's name, title, occupation or position, place of residence or chosen domicile, telephone number, facsimile number and email address.
  3. The case merits and the plaintiff’s claims.
  4. The claim amount.
  5. Portfolio of documents with a list of documents. If the documents are in a foreign language, the plaintiff shall submit a translation thereof into Arabic unless the parties agreed otherwise.

Number of Copies and Supporting Documents: BCDR-AAA requires one original and an additional hard copy for each defendant.

Filing Fee

The filing fees of the BCDR-AAA are determined by the Bahrain Judicial Fees Law.

Representation

Parties may represent themselves or may be represented by lawyers pursuant to Bahrain Advocacy Law.

Non-Bahraini lawyers may not represent parties in a case unless they have a joint power of attorney with a Bahraini lawyer who is authorized to practice before the Bahraini Court of Cassation.