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

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.


Majid Al-Hogail, Saudi Arabia’s acting minister of municipal and rural affairs

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Majid Al-Hogail, Saudi Arabia’s acting minister of municipal and rural affairs

Housing Minister Majid Al-Hogail has been appointed acting minister of municipal and rural affairs in addition to his current role. 

On Tuesday, many Saudi state entities governing investment, tourism and sport were promoted to full ministries as part of a major Cabinet reshuffle.

Al-Hogail has been housing minister since July 2015, and chairman of the Real Estate General Authority since January 2017.

He has served on the board of the Qiddiya Investment Co. since April 2017, and on the board of Neom since October 2017. 

Al-Hogail gained a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1998. 

He completed an extended development program in management at the International Institute for Management Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2007.

He became managing director of the RAFAL Real Estate Development Co. from August 2007, before joining Aljazira Capital in January 2014 as its chairman, leaving both in July 2015. During the same period, he was a board member of budget airline Flynas.

Since then, in addition to his roles at Qiddiya, Neom and in government, he has been chairman of the Real Estate Development Fund since July 2015, and chairman of the Saudi Real Estate Refinance Co. since August 2017.