Digital courts cut time spent on cases from two months to 72 hours across KSA

Walid Al-Samaani added that the courts provided 20 million judicial services last year. (SPA)
Updated 15 September 2018
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Digital courts cut time spent on cases from two months to 72 hours across KSA

  • The courts provided 20 million judicial services last year to citizens and residents through digital and traditional means

JEDDAH: As part of a digital initiative launched by the Justice Ministry, recently established commercial courts across Saudi Arabia have reduced the time taken to deal with cases from two months to only 72 hours.
With the help of a simple-to-use electronic portal that is used to collect details of cases from all of the parties involved, the courts have been able to hold more than 46,000 hearings since October 2017.
Another benefit of the portal is that it is helping the courts become paperless, reducing the dependency on printed documents by replacing them with online procedures.
“This project succeeded in reducing a large amount of paper waste and enhanced the communication process with clients and beneficiaries,” the ministry said.
Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani said that the establishment of the three commercial courts, in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, would enhance the economy in line with the objectives of Vision 2030 by encouraging investment, especially since Saudi Arabia has become an attractive market for foreign investors who expect their rights to be protected.
“This has led to (the courts) conducting more than 46,000 sessions, with an average of 126 sessions a day,” he said.
Al-Samaani added that the courts provided 20 million judicial services last year to citizens and residents through digital and traditional means.


Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

Updated 21 March 2019
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Salman Khan, Cuba Gooding Jr. to host discussions during Saudi Film Festival

  • The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts
  • The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month

DHAHRAN: As part of Sharqiah Season in the Eastern Province, the fifth Saudi Film Festival will feature Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. and Indian superstar Salman Khan.
The six-day celebration of cinema is organized by the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts (SASCA) in partnership with the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).
Khan recently announced in a video message that he will visit Ithra on Sunday as a guest of the film festival.
“Hello Saudi Arabia, assalamu alaikum,” he said in the video. “See you at Ithra on the 24th of March, InshaAllah.”
The actor is best known for his performances in blockbuster Hindi flicks such as “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, “Ek Tha Tiger” and its sequel “Tiger Zinda Hai.”
In “An Evening with the Stars,” Khan will talk about his lengthy Bollywood career as both a film star and a producer.
He has starred in more than 80 Bollywood films, and has produced more than 30 via his production company Salman Khan Films.
On Monday, Gooding Jr. will take to the stage to discuss his 30 years of experience as an actor.
The American is best known for his performances in “Jerry Maguire”, “A Few Good Men” and “Men of Honor.”
Gooding Jr. has played more than 85 roles over the course of his career. He won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Rod Tidwell in the 1996 film “Jerry Maguire.”
Tickets to both events, as well as for the film festival as a whole, are available on Ithra’s website.
The Sharqiah Season, the first of 11 Saudi seasons of entertainment, will run until the end of the month, with more than 83 activities in nine cities.