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New UAE law decriminalises bounced cheques: All what you need to know

Beginning January 2, 2022, bounced cheques will be decriminalised in the UAE, except for those issued in bad faith.

Have all bounced cheque cases been decriminalised?

There are some and certain acts if committed by the drawer related to bounced cheques that continue to be criminalized and will be considered a crime of a bounced cheque punishable by criminal sanctions. These acts include the following:

  1. If the drawer closes his account or withdraws the balance before due date.
  1. If the drawer orders the bank to stop cash the cheque before the due date.
  2. If the drawer intentionally signs the check incorrectly
  1. If the drawer wrote the check or deliberately signed in such way that prevents its cashing.

How does the new law make procedures faster?

Strong new civil procedure makes the collection of the cheque value in the fastest and simplest way, including:

  1. Obligating the bank to pay the cheque even partially.
  2. Making a bounced cheque with non-sufficient fund an executive document to be executed directly through the execution judge, without taking previous lengthy legal procedures.
  3. There is no need to file a police complaint so no need to follow up with prosecution the with court

accordingly the cheque has the power of an executive bond that does not require a court ruling, which should expedite legal procedures

.and This should strengthen the cheque power as a payment tool in commercial and financial transactions.

Partial fulfillment of the value of the cheque?

Partial payment is intended to fulfill part of the value of the cheque.

 The new law does not require that the amount in the account be equal to the amount of the check, and the decision to accept and refuse to pay part of the check is due to the bearer.

The bearer may ask the bank to mark on the back side of the check the partial payment and that the latter give him the original of the cheques and a certificate to that effect.


Will the bounced cheque cases filed against before 2021 be closed automatically?

Yes, based on the new law the bounced cheque cases shall be closed automatically.

if person outside the UAE , we suggest to hire a lawyer to check a travel ban and process the cancellation and avoid face any issues once land in the UAE again.

Returned or bounced cheque:

Bounced cheque can impose detain order – travel ban ….and other execution procedures will be taken against you under UAE law

That is to say, its very important, that citizens, residents, expatriates know their rights and responsibilities to avoid such difficult legal situation.

What Is The Cheque:

A cheque is a financial paper :

written, dated, and signed that orders a bank to pay a specific amount of money to the bearer and guarantees  ( a certain amount of money ) 

Above all, cheque Issued from the drawer and specifying the due amount,  which shall be paid to the beneficiary or its bearer on the specific date, after submitting to the drawee bank.

Legal definition of cheque: 

Moreover, Article No. (483) of the Commercial Transactions Law in the UAE defines that :

A cheque is a commercial paper that includes an order issued from the drawer to the drawee bank.

To pay on the day indicated ” the issuance date ” ,  a certain amount of money to the permission of a third person, who is the beneficiary or its bearer.”

Therefore, Article-No. (632) of the Commercial Transactions Law:

Gives the bearer of the cheque, the power to take legal measures against the drawer of the drawer cheque,

Or any party responsible for that if the check is presented during the maturity period, and has not been paid.

Cheque Parties Are The Followings:

  1. The drawer: who issued the cheque in order to pay the beneficiary or bearer the mentioned sum.
  2. The drawee: Bank and the one to whom the order is directed to pay the amount specified in the cheque.
  3. The beneficiary is the person who will receive the amount.

whereas, the name of this beneficiary may be mentioned in person or for his permission, and it may be the bearer of the cheque.

The Cheque Includes The Following Elements:

The date, payee name, the cheque amount, the drawer signature.

Moreover, note to write the reason for writing the cheque.

Cheques Are Used In The Following Commercial Transactions:

Commercial and personal transaction:

  • Financial transactions between companies ( exchange services – sale and purchase transactions – pay invoices of due sum).
  • During, Banks transaction (bank loans).
  • Real estate and contracting (renting housing and real estate – buying apartments, shops, or any property in general).
  • Also, a cheque is used in personal transactions,  between individuals (debts – sale and purchase transactions).

Bounced cheque :

Bounced cheque issues may arise in different commercial and business transactions:

such as companies ” exchanges, bank loans, property rents or purchases, and individual transaction “

A Cheque returned factors:

Most Factors That Can Lead To A Cheque Being Dishonoured:

  • False signature on the cheque or other technical errors
  • An order to the bank from drawer or else to refrain from making the payment
  • specifically, Insufficient funds on the date of issuance of the cheque;
  • also,  when Close the bank account before encashment of the check

Very Important That Drawer Of Cheque ensure that:

Therefore, it is very important that drawer of cheque ensure that:

  • Firstly, ensure enough money in his bank account before issuing cheques and delivering them
  • Secondly, he must deposit a sufficient amount of money in his bank account to cover the amount due mentioned in the cheque full and on the specified date

The misuse of a guarantee cheque

According to our criminal lawyers, in dealing with cases of bounced cheques,

It becomes clear that most of the defendants in cases of cheques without balance was due and as a result, to the misuse of a guarantee cheque

when used as guarantee and not as a means of fulfilment of the due amount. They submit as security for future payment.

Guarantee cheque:

Guarantee cheque definition:

Usually, the debtor issue what is called a guarantee cheque or a trust receipt.

In order to, ensure the creditor’s right, and the agreement is to return the check as soon as the amount due will be paid.

While, dealing with a commercial transaction, debt or other transactions.

The cheque holder’s objection:

that he is issuing as security check only, and that part of the amount or the cheque has been paid, is unacceptable and hereof will result in prosecution.

Returned cheque is offense:

Under UAE law, a cheque without balance is a misdemeanor punishable ( imprisonment or a fine ), depending on the nature of the case and the amount.

most importantly, the return of any cheque is considered a criminal offense in the UAE ,  its penalties are strict.

Guarantee cheques are issued:

specifically, in financial dealings between companies, bank loans, debts, buying or renting real estate, purchases, and even commercial or personal transactions between individuals.

Best bounced cheque lawyer in abu dhabi :

Where criminal lawyers in Dr Abdulla Bin Yarouf law firm emphasize the risk of dealing with such bank cheques.

and, those cheques are often subjected to legal accountability and consequently,  punishment in the absence of financial fulfilment.

Bounced cheque Dubai Emirate ,

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; has declared to forgive the accused:

from the penalty in the offense of giving a cheque in bad faith, and the offence of non-payment in both cases, where the sentence issued against him (in absentia or in presence).

Consequently,  when the accused person adheres to pay or submit a waiver from the victim.

Best law firms in abu dhabi

Dr. Abdallah Bin Yarouf Advocates And Legal Consultants In Abu Dhabi And Dubai is one of: 

the best law firms in providing the best legal solutions

certainly, help you face the problem of bounced cheque, and prevent you from falling prey to such fraud.

which has severe harm to your business and often stands in the way of your personal loans and debt collection.

most importantly, Our reputed criminal lawyer ensures that following and take the execution procedures, to collect your money due to bounced cheque in order to safeguard your rights and money.

More details Legal Support

Above all, The competent lawyer will also answer all your legal inquiries if you want to know more details about:

  • Procedures for filing bounced cheque case
  • The limitation period for the check without balance
  • Bounced Check Solutions
  • Bounced Cheque fraud penalty
  • the penalty and fines  of bounced cheque, according to the value of each cheque

And, any other inquiries will be answered from a specialized and experienced criminal attorney

So, Do not hesitate to communicate or ask your concern via WhatsApp or email, and you will be answered directly

' Dr Abdalla Bin Yarouf Advocates And Legal Consultants ', Are highly qualified firm in Abu Dhabi and Dubai

certainly, Prepared to assist you with seeking recovery from these kinds of offenders, and the fraud they perpetrate. Don't let your business take the loss.

And beyond that, The legal team pursue all the execution procedures and uses every resource available to pursue your right

In conclusion, to collect the debt owed under a cheque written with insufficient funds.

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