Qatar Courts

The Qatar court system is a hierarchical system with the courts divided in accordance with their function. The Criminal Court has a lower and higher court. The Civil Court has lower and higher courts and also deals with administrative matters. The Court of Appeal has criminal, civil and administrative functions. The Court of Cassation (effectively the supreme court) has criminal, civil and administrative functions as well as jurisdiction to hear constitutional matters.

Qatar International Court and Dispute Resolution Centre:

The Qatar International Court was established in 2009 and is a modern specialist civil and commercial court to compliment the existing Qatari domestic courts. It is designed to resolve complex national and international civil and commercial disputes. The Qatar International Court Dispute Resolution Centre provides dispute resolution services where parties decide an alternative form of dispute resolution which better serves their interests than a court trial.

Extrajudicial Dispute Resolution:

The United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards of 1958 (the New York Convention) has been ratified by Qatar, with a reservation that Qatar will apply the Convention only for the recognition and the enforcement of arbitral awards made in the territory of another contracting State.