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Arbitration and Reconciliation Committee Services:

Service :

Settlement of any dispute before instigating any legal action regarding the same, by arbitrating between the disputing parties, whether the subject matter was civil, commercial or relating to any personal status matters

Who can apply for this service ?

Omani nationals, residents, companies, institutions.

Steps to follow to apply for this service :

  1. Articles Nos. (10) and (12) of the Arbitration and Reconciliation Law provided for two ways to apply to the Committee:
    First The stakeholders may apply directly to the seat of the Committee at the circuit of the court having jurisdiction to examine the dispute as per the Application Form No. (MOJ/R./1) set out in the Ministerial Decision No. (313/2006) issued by HE the Minister of Justice, determining the forms of the records, papers and seals of the arbitration and reconciliation committees and the work mechanisms of their staff. The above-mentioned form includes the name and domicile of the applicant for arbitration and reconciliation as well as the names and domiciles of the other parties to the dispute, and the subject matter of the dispute to be settled by means of conciliation.
    Second The competent officer at the court secretariat shall, before recording the statements of claim in the civil, commercial or personal status cases, recommend to the plaintiff or to their legal representative, “such as an attorney”, after verifying their ID, the settlement of the dispute through conciliation. If they reject the recommendation, the official shall record the same on the form No. (MOJ/R./2), and proceed with the procedures of recording the case as per the applicable rules, and must incorporate this form with the case documents to be available for the judge who will hear the case. However, if the plaintiff accepts to settle the dispute by conciliation before the committee, the said official shall record the same on the form No. (MOJ/ R./1)
  2. Forms and procedures required for applying for this service:

    Committee Arbitration and Reconciliation Application Form No. (MOJ/R./1 shall be filled out by the competent official and signed by the applicant.

  3. Documents required for processing:
    1. Copy of the passport, ID Card or resident card;
    2. The application must include the name/domicile of the applicant, and the names and domiciles of the other parties to the dispute, as well as the subject matter of the dispute;
    3. All documents supporting the claim.
  4. Fees :

    The Reconciliation Law offered a significant feature, particularly in relation to the commercial cases, whereas the applicant for reconciliation is not required to pay any judicial fees, as Art. (10) of the said Law stipulates that the application shall be submitted by the concerned parties to the committee without payment of any fees.

  5. Application Pre-requisites:

    Anyone who is entitled to have recourse to the court may apply to the Committee.

What kind of disputes can be settled by the Reconciliation Committees?

  • All personal status disputes (Divorce, alimony, maintenance, custody, visitation, etc.)
  • Any civil or commercial disputes in relation to funds or trading.

The followings are outside the area of competence of the Reconciliation Committees:

  • Criminal offences;
  • Property transfer disputes;
  • Administrative disputes within the jurisdiction of the Administrative Court;
  • The decisions of the Reconciliation Committees are final, binding and enforceable upon consent and signature of the parties on their content.

Process Requirements:

Documents to be attached to the Reconciliation Application:

  1. Copy of the passport, ID Card or resident card;
  2. The application must include the name/domicile of the applicant, and the names and domiciles of the other parties to the dispute, as well as the subject of dispute;
  3. All documents supporting the claim.