Saudi Justice Ministry sets up electronic portal for courts

Updated 09 April 2019

Saudi Justice Ministry sets up electronic portal for courts

RIYADH: The Ministry of Justice and ELM enterprise signed on Tuesday an agreement to establish an Experts Electronic Portal, which links judicial departments with accredited experts’ entities to reduce the duration of the litigation process, ensure transparency, and set up a unified and accredited record for experts.  

Walid bin Saud Al-Rushoud, vice minister of justice for digital transformation and information technology, said that the portal will serve courts in its consultancy requirements through an electronic window to communicate with expertise via simple interactive steps.

“The portal is set up on flexible bases to deal with digital services for courts to ensure credibility and quality of outputs for beneficiaries,” Al-Rushoud said.

Al-Rushoud signed the agreement on behalf of the Ministry of Justice, while Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Saad Al-Jadhai signed the agreement as CEO of ELM enterprise.

Last year, the ministry launched its electronic authentication service. 

Saudi Arabia confirms no change in Israel travel rules

Updated 16 min 28 sec ago

Saudi Arabia confirms no change in Israel travel rules

  • Foreign minister says Israeli passport holders are still unable to visit the the Kingdom

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has confirmed that Israeli citizens are still unable to visit the Kingdom.

Foreign minister Prince Faisal bin Farhan said the policy has not changed despite Israel saying on Sunday that its passport holders could now travel to the country for religious and business visits.

“Our policy is fixed,” Prince Faisal told CNN. “We do not have relations with the state of Israel and Israeli passport holders cannot visit the Kingdom at the current time.”

His comments come as Donald Trump prepares to unveil his Middle East peace plan on Tuesday. An agreement between Israel and the Palestinians would be key to improving relations with Arab countries, most of which have no diplomatic ties with Israel.

“When a peace agreement is reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis, I believe the issue of Israel’s involvement in the region will be on the table,” Prince Faisal added.

Israel’s interior minister said on Sunday that Israelis - if invited and permitted by Saudi authorities - would be allowed to travel there for religious reasons on pilgrimage or for up to nine days for business reasons such as investment or meetings.

Israelis, mostly Muslims going on pilgrimage, do visit the Kingdom, but usually with special permission or using foreign passports.

Saudi Arabia, along with most Arab countries have no official diplomatic relations with Israel, and citizens of those countries are not able to travel to Israel nor Israelis to those countries.

However, relations between Israel and Gulf states have improved in recent years, particularly over a shared stand against Iran and its aggressive policies in the region.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last month that he welcomed Israel’s warming ties to Arab countries in the region.

In 2018, Netanyahu visited Oman and met the late Sultan Qaboos bin Said.

*With Reuters