Saudi court publishes rulings for first time

Updated 17 July 2013
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Saudi court publishes rulings for first time

To many, the functioning of Saudi courts is a complete mystery because of a lack of published cases. This has all changed because the Board of Grievances has now started publishing its judgments.
This is part of a move for greater transparency in the Saudi legal system. In most other countries, judgments are published regularly so that lawyers and non-lawyers can get an understanding of how the courts function.
Hamam Kadi from Hatem Ghazawi & Partners believes that “government policy in general has become more transparent.” People have the “freedom to share information without government censorship,” said Kadi.
“Publishing the factual information is better than having everyone speculate and produce inaccurate details. In general, the board’s judgments are solid, and it is better published.”
The Board of Grievances is a specialist court comprising the administrative court, which hears claims against the government; and commercial circuits, which hears business disputes. The first batch of judgments which have been published on the Board of Grievances website at jobs.bog.gov.sa/BogRules/ were all issued in 2007.
Over 600 judgments have been published so far. On the administrative side there are cases dealing with civil servants’ employment disputes, government contracts and complaints against administrative decisions. The commercial judgments deal with agency disputes, companies, construction agreements and sales, among others. There are also a number of criminal cases including abuse of power, bribery and forgery.
Many of the judgments make fascinating reading, even to non-lawyers. The greatest surprise to someone new to Saudi judicial proceedings must be the quality of the judgments and the impartiality of the courts. One can only wonder why it has taken so long for these judgments to be made public, since they are a great advertisement for the Saudi legal system.
One major problem facing people dealing with courts is that the circuit staff are not qualified. They don’t have enough legal knowledge, and most of them don’t know how to use a computer.
Enforcing judgments used to be exhausting, but after the Enforcement Implementing Rules was enacted this year, things are looking better. “In all fairness, I believe that the Board of Grievances is a competent court,” says Kadi.
The judgments of the Shariah Courts are due to be published also. This is welcome news to anyone who wants to know how the Saudi legal system functions.


Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

KSRelief distributed assistance to Syrian refugees. (SPA/file)
Updated 21 April 2018
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Saudi Arabia's KSRelief distributes assistance to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

  • KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications
  • The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Yemen

JEDDAH: The King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief) distributed humanitarian aid including birth kits, personal bags and baby blankets to Syrian female refugees staying in Osman Hospital and Central Hospital in Kattermaya, Kharoub province of Lebanon on Friday.

This distribution is within the framework of the assistance provided by the center for displaced Syrians and refugees in neighboring countries. 

KSRelief seeks to ensure that the living conditions of Syrian refugees are in accordance with international specifications through various relief programs. 

Earlier, winter blankets, jackets, jumpers, hats and other items were distributed to meet the basic needs of refugee families.

The center also distributed 3,500 cartons of dates in the villages of Izzala Al-Jumah in Al-Mukha directorate in Taiz governorate, benefiting 21,000 people.

In addition, 36 trucks with 469,483 kg of relief, shelter and medicines crossed Al-Wadiaa border on Thursday evening as part of the KSRelief plan to help Yemenis.

Of this total, 26 trucks with 500 food baskets, weighing 375 tons, in addition to 43,173 kg of shelter items, will be heading to Maareb province, and ten trucks carrying 42,221 kg of shelter items and 9.89 tons of medications will go to Aden.

On Thursday, the Bahraini Royal Charity Foundation and the Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation for Humanitarian Affairs signed an MoU for the establishment of the Bahrain Health Center in Aden, Yemen, at a cost of $2 million, in the presence of Ahmed bin Ali Al-Bayez, assistant general supervisor of operations and programs at KSRelief, and a number of officials. SPA, Jeddah