Five Initiatives to Develop the Judicial Sector in Saudi Arabia

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The Saudi Justice ministry will reveal on Monday details of five initiatives within the National Transformation Program 2020 aimed at shortening litigation procedures, achieving institutional excellence, reducing flow of cases to the courts and promoting national economy.

In a statement on Sunday, the ministry said the initiatives fell within its strategic goals, which are represented in the capacity to achieve full justice, lifting the standards of judicial services, improving efficiency of legal documentation, as well as raising the classification of the Saudi judiciary globally in the Business Environment Index.

Saudi Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani said the new initiatives were focused on promoting the efficiency of judicial services while depending on qualified national personnel, high-tech procedures and the best international practices.

According to the statement, one of the initiatives focuses on mobile notaries, which are designed for people with special needs, including senior citizens and detainees in observation centers.

The ministry said that over 500,000 people were expected to benefit from service by 2020 through 200 mobile notaries across the Kingdom.

Another initiative is to enable justice service centers to provide informative and procedural services for beneficiaries outside the courts, as well as people with special needs.

The new program also includes the privatization of some of the ministry’s services, such as the issuance or cancelation of powers of authority and the documentation of company contracts through hundreds of licensed offices in all parts of the Kingdom. Nearly 3 million people are expected to benefit from the service by 2020, according to the statement.

The Saudi justice minister said that the ministry’s goals within the National Transformation Program 2020 were focused on the achievement of seven strategic objectives, including raising the level of judicial services and institutional excellence, reducing the flow of cases to the courts, enhancing the efficiency of judicial documentation, promoting real estate security, and raising the world classification of the Saudi judiciary, as well as other national development goals.

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