Fast-track courts open

Updated 24 August 2014

Fast-track courts open

Justice Minister Muhammed Al-Issa has launched a system of fast disposal of legal cases at the Social Status Court (SSC) in Riyadh.
“The system of making decisions in a single sitting on cases that do not require detailed study has been implemented in the Social Status Court in Riyadh. The system will be extended to other courts gradually,” Al-Issa, who is also chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC), said while inaugurating a system of special courts, including courts for commercial and labor disputes and courts for implementation of verdicts issued by other courts.
The new special courts will take away the existing huge burden on general courts as all cases will be classified according to their topics and then transferred to special independent courts, the minister said.
The move will also speed up the decision-making process in each court, as a court will look into issues of a particular category only, a local Arabic daily reported on Wednesday.
SJC member Mohammed Mirdad said that the special courts system has been launched in line with the aspirations of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah to reform and speed up the legal procedure
in the country besides restructuring the SJC, the supreme court and the two appeal courts in Riyadh and Makkah, in addition to opening 11 new appeal courts in other provinces.
The restructuring will also include the setting up of labor courts, commercial courts, general courts, social status courts and courts for implementation, Mirdad said.
“The setting up of special independent courts of implementation in Makkah, Riyadh and Jeddah, and its circles in general courts in other cities will be instrumental in the speedy implementation of verdicts issued by other courts which, in turn, will protect the people's rights and avoid procrastination,” Undersecretary for Sequestration and Execution at the ministry Khaled Al-Dawood said.
He added that requests for the implementation of 69,000 court orders involving a sum of SR26 billion were made over the past nine months.
The ministry has laid down detailed plans to implement the restructuring of the legal system in coordination with the SJC, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Civil Service for the creation of the required number of new legal posts in the courts, assistant undersecretary for courts affairs at the ministry Muhammed Al-Aqil said.
He said 3,700 new legal staff members had been appointed and a number of training programs launched for them.
He added that 115 new court buildings and notaries have been commissioned in various parts of the country.

Saudi crown prince sends letter of thanks to President Jinping after leaving China

Updated 15 min 17 sec ago

Saudi crown prince sends letter of thanks to President Jinping after leaving China

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sent on Saturday a letter of thanks to Chinese President Xi Jinping, after leaving China and concluding his Asia tour.

In the letter, the crown prince expressed “gratitude and appreciation” for the Jinging’s hospitality during his visit with the Saudi delegation. 

Here is the letter in full:

His Excellency Mr. Xi Jinping

President of the People’s Republic of China

Warm greetings:

As I leave your friendly country, I would like to express to your Excellency my deepest gratitude and appreciation for the warm welcome and generous hospitality extended to me and my delegation.

We had constructive talks and I am sincerely looking forward to deepening cooperation and creating closer ties in all areas between our two countries, to evolve into strategic relations under the leadership of King Salman and your Excellency.

I wish your Excellency continued health and happiness and to your country and people more progress and development.

Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud