Saudi Justice Ministry: Over 52,000 cases taken up after office hours

The ministry had launched the “paperless court” project, which cut down around 45 percent of procedures. (SPA)
Updated 02 September 2018
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Saudi Justice Ministry: Over 52,000 cases taken up after office hours

JEDDAH: The Justice Ministry said 52,482 proceedings were conducted outside official working hours, before 7.30 a.m. and after 3 p.m., in the last 100 days.
There were 30,826 executive, 17,716 judicial and 3,940 documentation proceedings. Courts’ work outside official hours aims to speed up and facilitate litigation procedures, especially in urgent and personal status cases, the ministry said.
Judicial proceedings included 847 financial cases, 717 property documentation cases, 324 divorce cases and 236 custody cases.
Riyadh topped the list with 28,125 proceedings, followed by Makkah (9,779), the Eastern Province (4,107), Asir (3,048), Jazan (1,848), Al-Qassim (1,237), Tabuk (1,202), Madinah (897), Al-Jawf (766), Najran (620), Hail (537), the Northern Border (174) and Baha (142).
In July, the Saudi justice minister and chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council, Walid Al-Samaani, directed his ministry to start receiving requests for the implementation of the unified housing lease in the execution courts as an executive bond through the “unified lease contract,” after linking electronically with the Ministry of Housing.
The new lease offers applicants the right to apply directly to the Court of Execution in clear electronic proceedings. step will contribute to reducing the flow of cases to the general courts.


FaceOf: Rayed Al-Ajaji, CEO of KSA's Universal Metal Coating Company

Rayed Al-Ajaji
Updated 17 November 2018
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FaceOf: Rayed Al-Ajaji, CEO of KSA's Universal Metal Coating Company

  • Al-Ajaji professional experience spans more than 20 years and includes the markets of Saudi Arabia, the GCC, and other Arab countries
  • Al-Ajaji earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering management and a master’s degree in industrial management from the University of Miami between 1992 and 1997. 

Rayed Al-Ajaji is the CEO of the Universal Metal Coating Company Ltd. (UNICOIL) and chairman for the National Committee for Steel Industry (NCSI). He recently spoke at the 13th annual Arab Steel Summit in Amman about how the government and the private sector can work together to ensure future market competitiveness. 

“Despite the fact that so many of our manufacturers are producing at less than 50 percent capacity due to unfair competition, as a country we are a net importer of steel,” he said. “We are leaving billions of economic value on the table.

“We have an opportunity today to work together to stop that and keep this revenue in the country to help achieve our ambitious national growth plans. Our country has invested billions over the years in world-class facilities that manufacture the highest-quality steel products and we must work together to ensure it remains competitive and thriving.”

Al-Ajaji earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering management and a master’s degree in industrial management from the University of Miami between 1992 and 1997. 

He subsequently gained a diverse range of experience in various steel-manufacturing processes, including the commercial steel trade, building materials, and business process re-engineering. 

His professional experience spans more than 20 years and includes the markets of Saudi Arabia, the GCC, and other Arab countries.

NCSI is a not-for-profit organization set up by the Council of Saudi Chambers with a mandate to meet challenges, engage with industry members, and develop a culture of industrial and communal responsibility and commitment toward the realization of Saudi Vision 2030.