The former president of the High Court, Peter Kelly, has said he has decided to resign as a judge of the Dubai International Financial Centre Courts.

In a statement to the Irish Times today, Mr Kelly said: "I have decided to resign from the Court of Appeal of the DIFC since, as a private citizen, I do not want this controversy to disrupt my future time in retirement."

It follows former chief justice Frank Clarke's announcement on Sunday that he was stepping down from his role in the Dubai court.

Mr Clarke and Mr Kelly were among four judges sworn-in at a virtual ceremony last week.

The courts are based in the Dubai International Financial Centre in the United Arab Emirates.

They were established in 2004 to administer a common law, English language jurisdiction, governing commercial and civil disputes worldwide, catering in particular for international institutions operating in Dubai and the UAE.

Mr Kelly retired as president of the High Court in 2020, but spent many years as the presiding judge in the Commercial Court.

Mr Clarke and Mr Kelly were the first Irish judges appointed to the DIFC courts.