Big cities to have family courts

Updated 19 August 2014
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Big cities to have family courts

Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa will launch Tuesday a system of special courts that will deal with family-related legal issues, such as divorce, alimony and custody, said Fahd Al-Bakran, Justice Ministry spokesman.
Civil affairs departments and courts will be established in Riyadh, Makkah, Jeddah, Madinah and Dammam to review such issues, he said.
“This is an extension of earlier efforts aimed at helping Justice Ministry courts bypass general courts and instead, resort to independent courts to get their cases settled,” he said.
Mohammad Mirdad, a member of the Supreme Judicial Council and chairman of a committee formed to implement judicial mechanisms, said these courts would not, however, review litigation procedures, which will remain under the purview of general courts.
Mirdad said commercial courts would follow suit and begin functioning in four months.
Judges and employees working at commercial departments under the Kingdom’s Board of Grievances will be transferred to these courts.
Judges will be trained on how to deal with missions at specialized courts before they assume their responsibilities.
“Labor courts will also eventually follow the same course after commercial courts come into action,” he said.
Labor courts will be established in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor. A specialized committee will train employees and judges and allocate buildings for these labor courts in accordance with Labor Ministry studies and directives.


Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges commitment to Saudi-Indian relations

Updated 37 min 51 sec ago
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Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledges commitment to Saudi-Indian relations

  • The crown prince says his visit to India will improve centuries-old ties which he said are “in our DNA”
  • The prime minister will host a lunch for the visiting dignitaries, while in the evening President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet in honor of the Saudi crown prince

DUBAI: India and Saudi Arabia’s relationship will be maintained for thousands of years, the Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said after ceremonial welcoming in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Stopping briefly to speak to journalists, he said his visit to India would improve centuries-old ties which he said are “in our DNA.”

“We want to be sure India and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is maintained for thousands of years,” the crown prince said, flanked by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind.

“I believe there’s a lot of Saudi work in India,” he added.

The crown prince, who arrived in India on Tuesday night after visiting Pakistan, will take part in talks with Modi that are expected to be wide-ranging.

The countries' two-way trade totaled $27.5 billion last year.

The prime minister will also host a lunch for the visiting dignitaries, while in the evening President Ram Nath Kovind will host a banquet in honor of the Saudi crown prince, who is accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes ministers, senior officials and leading Saudi businessmen.