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 ...”


Saudi Arabia to inaugurate National Theater Initiative

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Saudi Arabia to inaugurate National Theater Initiative

  • The ceremony will see the opening performance of the play Daraish Al-Nour (Windows of Light)
  • The initiative is one of many projects from the Saudi Ministry of Culture

RIYADH: The Saudi Ministry of Culture is to inaugurate the highly anticipated National Theater Initiative at the King Fahd Cultural Center on Tuesday evening.

The inauguration ceremony will also see the opening performance of the play Daraish Al-Nour (Windows of Light), written by poet Saleh Zamanan and directed by Fatees Baqna.

The cast includes actors such as Naif Khalaf, Khaled Saqr, Ibrahim Al-Hassawi, and several other local talents.

The initiative is one of many projects from the Ministry of Culture which aims to advance Saudi cultural activity.

The National Theater Initiative in particular aims to provide Saudi directors, playwrights, and actors with a high-quality integrated system that will provide them with better opportunities with higher standards of quality.