King Salman decrees promotion of 100 judges

100 judges at various levels have been promoted. (SPA)
Updated 22 May 2019

King Salman decrees promotion of 100 judges

  • In 2019, the ministry has already issued 774 licenses for legal practices, 619 for male lawyers and 155 for female lawyers

RIYADH: King Salman issued a royal decree on Tuesday promoting 100 judges at various levels in the Justice Ministry.

Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council Waleed Al-Samaani said the royal decree is part of the continuous care and support of King Salman to the Saudi judicial system. 

In 2019, the ministry has already issued 774 licenses for legal practices, 619 for male lawyers and 155 for female lawyers.

The ministry recently announced that the total number of lawyers registered with the ministry has reached 6,270, including 487 female lawyers. In order to improve its performance, the Justice Ministry has launched several online services. 

One of the new e-services enables clients to inquire about their power of attorney (PoAs) and their validity, terminate unwanted ones, and find out about the agencies that have checked the validity of any of their PoAs.

Another e-service enables government agencies to verify PoAs online through the “Yesser” program, the universal access number 920025888, the ministry’s portal (www.moj.gov.sa), and its official app.

The new system abridges about 70 percent of procedures and directs clients straight to the assigned notary’s office without having to go through the data entry hall. 


Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

Updated 19 August 2019

Two new academies to boost Saudi arts, heritage and music

  • One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020
  • A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia is to set up arts academies, including two in the next two years, offering a step toward academic qualification and enlarging the Kingdom’s footprint in heritage, arts and crafts, and music.

The initiative is part of the Ministry of Culture’s Quality of Life program. 

The minister, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan, said investment in “capacity building” was one of the most important elements in encouraging the cultural sector, which enjoyed unlimited support from King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The Kingdom was rich in diverse arts, talents and artistic production, Prince Badr said, and the academies would be a first step toward academic qualification in the arts within the Kingdom.

One academy specializing in heritage and traditional arts and crafts will start receiving applications in autumn 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs. 

A second academy dedicated to music will receive 1,000 students and trainees from 2021.

The music academy in particular will be “the core of music production and talent development in Saudi Arabia,” Saudi musician, composer and producer Mamdouh Saif told Arab News.

The music industry was a large and diverse field, Saif said, and education was crucial. 

“The academy is the right place to launch the music industry in Saudi Arabia, and it will have a significant impact on Saudi youth, and young people in surrounding countries,” he said.

He expects “a very high turnout” for the academy among young Saudis. 

“Due to my expertise in this area, I receive many questions from people who want to learn music, but through private lessons,” he said.

“But the availability of an academy for this purpose, that teaches music in a methodological way, will be the right start for those interested in music.”