Saudi courts can appoint counsel for criminal case defendants

The state will provide an attorney to defendants who cannot afford one.
Updated 19 February 2018
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Saudi courts can appoint counsel for criminal case defendants

JEDDAH: Defendants in criminal courts who cannot afford an attorney will be provided one at the expense of the state, said Walid Al-Samaani, the justice minister and chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council.
Al-Samaani said a defense lawyer’s fees would “vary between SR3,000 ($800) and SR5,000 per hearing, provided that his total remunerations do not exceed SAR100,000 for all sessions.”
He added that when there were multiple defendants for the same case, fees could vary between SAR 3,000 and SAR 5,000 per session for the first defendant and between SR1,000 and SR2,000 for any other defendants, provided that the total fees did not exceed SR150,000.
The justice minister noted that if a court session is rescheduled on grounds not related to the defense lawyer, the latter would be entitled to receive half of the amount specified for the hearing. If the case is tried in a court outside the jurisdiction of the lawyer’s office, he will be entitled to SR1,000 per session.
Fawaz Al-Tamimi, director general of law, said lists of proposed defense lawyers are being prepared in each region, which would be updated annually and approved by the undersecretary of the ministry.
He pointed out that a committee formed by the ministry would receive the request from the court to appoint a lawyer to defend criminal defendants before the hearing session. It would decide on the request and the name of the nominated lawyer within five days.
“The court-appointed lawyer must be a member of the Saudi Bar Association, not be subject to any disciplinary action, and approved by the competent court,” said Al-Tamimi. He emphasized that the lawyer could not relinquish any case without first sending a written request to the committee at least ten days before the date of the hearing, justifying his motives. However, he must attend the hearings until the committee decided on his request.


King Salman receives Saudi education officials

King Salman receives officials of theMinistry of Education and Saudi universities at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh on Monday. (SPA)
Updated 11 December 2018
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King Salman receives Saudi education officials

  • The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country

RIYADH: Top officials of the Ministry of Education and Kingdom’s universities on Monday called on King Salman at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh. 

The king stressed the role of education in the development of a country. Saudi Arabia ranks as the largest market for education services in the region, and it also accounts for a growing number of students enrolled in the kindergarten to grade 12 education system in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council. 

Strong government support over the past few years has led to the continuous expansion of the education sector by inviting private players to enter the space.

According to a study conducted by Research and Markets, the higher education industry of the Kingdom inclined at a single digit compound annual growth rate during the period 2012-2017. 

The establishment of new universities due to increased investments in the education sector was the key contributor to the augmented revenues generated by the market players.