King appoints 16 judges

Updated 17 May 2013
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King appoints 16 judges

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has issued a royal decree promoting and appointing 18 judges at the Saudi Court of Grievances.
Shaikh Abdul Aziz Al-Nassar, chairman of the Grievances Court, said the royal order stipulated the promotion of two judges and the appointment of 16 others.
Al-Nassar said the royal order reinforces King Abdullah’s keenness to support and develop the judiciary.
“We highly appreciate the king’s interest and his move to appoint more judges. This will surely help us in removing obstacles we face in the judiciary in general. We thank the king for his efforts to support and upgrade the judiciary, for which the king has created a project entitled “King Abdullah Project for the Development of Judiciary,” he said.
“These appointments will surely help the courts in expediting the disposal of cases. It is our objective that all cases receive fair and diligent review in order to make justice prevail,” he said.
In March, the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) said the Kingdom is in need of more judges despite the appointment of 200 judges annually.
The council is planning to recruit and train 2,000 judges to help meet demand.
Current appointments count for a fifth of graduates of Shariah and Islamic study faculties.
The council had asked Kingdom’s universities to nominate qualified graduates for a judicial career.
Courts and judicial centers are also spread unequally across provinces and cities of the country.
In Riyadh, there are only 45 judges, which is inadequate to meet the demands of its population.
The SJC is developing the country’s judicial system.
It has adopted a draft on judicial and academic career accreditation standards.
It will inform universities of the output needed in the number of study hours, subjects and supporting skills.
Ahmad Jamaan Al-Malki, a lawyer and member of the Arab Lawyers Union, said article 6 of the Saudi Judicial System grants the Supreme Judicial Council the authority to appoint judges and issue selection rules for candidates.
The system’s article 31 stipulates a candidate must be a holder of a Shariah college degree from Saudi Arabia or an equivalent certificate.
The impending shortage of judges is the main reason behind the increased backlog in cases. Court dates can be set up to five months before a hearing.


Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

King Salman chairs the Cabinet session in Jeddah on Tuesday. SPA
Updated 18 July 2018
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Saudi efforts to ‘heal Afghan division’ win royal approval

  • The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers
  • China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has expressed his appreciation to scholars who took part in the International Ulema Conference on Peace and Security in Afghanistan in Makkah, saying the Kingdom was making efforts to “heal the divisions and differences among the Afghan people.”

Chairing the Cabinet session at Al-Salam Palace in Jeddah on Tuesday, the king said Saudi Arabia was working toward “unifying the ranks and words of Muslims worldwide.”
He briefed the Cabinet on the results of his recent talks with President Cyril Ramaphosa, of South Africa, on future cooperation between the two countries.
The Cabinet welcomed the final statement by the Makkah conference calling on states, organizations and Islamic elites to play positive roles in achieving security and peace in Afghanistan.
The forum urged all Afghan factions to halt the fighting and work toward “reconciliation between brothers, extinguishing the fire of sedition.”
Muslims worldwide should continue their “firm stand in front of the advocates of violence and extremism in defense of their religion and maintaining the unity of the Islamic world,” it said.
The Cabinet also reviewed a ministerial meeting of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum in Beijing and welcomed a decision by Chinese leader President Xi Jinping to establish an Arab-Chinese strategic partnership.
China’s Belt and Road initiative will link the interests of China and Arab countries and “add to the prosperity and economic advancement of all,” it said.
The Cabinet denounced recent suicide attacks on two election gatherings in Pakistan and the city of Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan, and offered condolences to families of the victims.
In the local arena, the Cabinet extended its appreciation to the king, based on a report by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for pardoning all troops who have taken part in the Saudi Renewal of Hope operation in Yemen of their military and disciplinary penalties for their heroism and sacrifices.
The Cabinet approved a license for the Iraqi Commercial Bank to open a branch in Saudi Arabia and authorized the Minister of Finance to decide on any subsequent requests to open other branches.