Saudi Arabia’s efforts to reform its legal system continue. Saudi Gazette reports that three new measures have been signed into law by King Abdullah. These will help courts to work more efficiently and fairly. Defendants are assured both the right to an attorney and to be informed of the charges against them. Specialized courts will deal with particular areas of the law such as traffic, labor, and commercial law.

Effects of new legal rules

New laws to make judicial procedures more effective, open
Saeed Al-Bahes | Okaz/Saudi Gazette

DAMMAM – Approval of the three landmark laws by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah was widely welcomed by all those concerned with the Kingdom’s judicial sector.

They said that the new systems would expedite judicial procedures and make them more effective and transparent.

King Abdullah approved on Friday drafts of the Shariah defense law, the criminal procedure law and the procedures of the Board of Grievances, approved recently by the Council of Ministers

Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Nassaar, President of the Board of Grievances, described this as a giant step in judicial reforms which address all pressing needs and realize the ambitious goals. “As part of making the Board more effective, there would be more supportive bodies, such as the technical affairs bureau, of which the powers include publishing the copy of verdicts. The Supreme Court and the Supreme Administrative Court have been constituted in line with the new laws,” he said.

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