Prison and lashes for malicious litigants

Updated 11 June 2014

Prison and lashes for malicious litigants

The Ministry of Justice plans to introduce tough new legislation to penalize malicious litigants, which would include fines, prison and lashes.
The plan aims to reduce case backlogs at the country’s courts and save the state from pumping more money into its free legal services program.
The ministry believes that the new law would reduce the number of malicious lawsuits. Judges would be given the discretion to throw out frivolous cases.
Sheik Muhammad Ameen Merdad, a member of the Supreme Judicial Council and chairman of the ministerial committee drafting the legislation, told local media recently that the new rules would save judges time and prevent disputes between Saudi individuals and communities.
Merdad said the project would be completed soon. He said the ministry was constantly reviewing the country’s legislation to develop the judiciary, in line with the orders and aspirations of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah.
Lawyers and experts have welcomed the decision.
“This is a very important step toward limiting this phenomenon of malicious lawsuits,” said Majid Muhammad Qarroub, a lawyer and legal councilor at the ministry and the secretary general of the International Union of Lawyers.
He said the country’s provision of free legal advice has resulted in an increase in malicious lawsuits in the Kingdom.
Abdullah Marie bin Mahfooz, a lawyer and head of the National Committee for the Care of Prisoners and their Families, said such lawsuits harm prisoners and their families socially and psychologically. He said Article Three of the proposed amendments stipulates that the court can dismiss a case it considers to be malicious.
According to Wikipedia, malicious or vexatious litigation “is legal action which is brought, regardless of its merits, solely to harass or subdue an adversary. It may take the form of a primary frivolous lawsuit, or may be repetitive, burdensome, and unwarranted filing of meritless motions. Filing vexatious litigation is considered an abuse of the judicial process ...”


Drive to improve traffic safety launched in Saudi Arabia

Saudi security control traffic in Makkah province, Saudi Arabia. (REUTERS file photo)
Updated 22 min 29 sec ago

Drive to improve traffic safety launched in Saudi Arabia

  • Approximately 1.25 million people die each year globally as a result of road accidents

JEDDAH: As part of its campaign to reduce the high number of casualties on its roads Saudi Arabia is hosting the 5th International Traffic Safety Forum and Exhibition, which opens on Feb. 10 in the Sheraton Dammam Hotel & Convention Centre.
The three-day event, which is organised by the Saudi Society for Traffic Safety (SALAMAH), offers participants the opportunity to learn about international experience in the use of transportation technologies and traffic safety initiatives and to examine how to transfer innovative smart transport systems to Saudi Arabia.
SALAMAH is working in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, Imam Abdul Rahman bin Faisal University, Saudi Aramco, Traffic Safety Council in the Eastern Province, National Road Safety Centre and Ministry of Education. The forum and exhibition is under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Saud Bin Naif Bin Abdul Aziz, governor of the Eastern Province.
Approximately 1.25 million people die each year globally as a result of road accidents. Given that the Kingdom has one of the highest rates of road deaths in the world, the government is looking to reduce the number of traffic casualties by 50 percent under the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020.