Saudi minister: Kingdom’s judiciary unique, efficient

Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani. (SPA)
Updated 28 November 2019

Saudi minister: Kingdom’s judiciary unique, efficient

  • In 2007, the judiciary was transformed into institutions instead of being linked to judges: Al-Samaani

RIYADH: The Saudi judiciary is unique and has proven its speed and efficiency, said Dr. Walid bin Mohammed Al-Samaani, justice minister and president of the Supreme Judicial Council.
This, he added, is due to the Kingdom’s justice system deriving its authority from the Holy Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah, which determine the basic law of governance and all the country’s systems.
His comments came during a scientific lecture on the Saudi judiciary, in the presence of Dr. Ahmad Al-Ameri, rector of Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University.
Al-Samaani said the judiciary’s structural development started under Saudi Arabia’s founder, King Abdul Aziz. 
In 2007, the judiciary was transformed into institutions instead of being linked to judges, Al-Samaani added.
He said litigants have the right to have adjudicators who have had enough qualifications and training so that justice can be served.
“It’s also important for academia to be built on the goals and needs of work. Similarly, communication between universities and the justice department should be on the highest level in the area of research, training and qualifications, which makes universities and judicial authorities complement each other,” he added.
Al-Samaani said the principle of judicial independence, as stated in the basic law of governance, is extremely important. 
“Independence isn’t the judge’s right, it’s his duty,” he said, adding that many royal decrees emphasize judicial independence.


Women’s discussion forum calls for more female inclusivity in G20 policies

Updated 25 min 46 sec ago

Women’s discussion forum calls for more female inclusivity in G20 policies

  • This will help Saudi Arabia advance, says Princess Lulwah Al-Faisal
  • Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development soon to launch an initiative called Qiyadiyat (Female Leaders)

JEDDAH: The second leg of National Dialogues on Saudi Women promoted the inclusion of gender equality and economic empowerment for women in policies and decisions made by G20 leaders.

This came in conjunction with Al-Nahda Foundation becoming president of Saudi Arabia 2020 Women (W20), an official G20 initiative.

Speeches and discussions focused on technical and economic promotion of women, inclusion in work and leadership positions and empowering more women to be entrepreneurs.

“This will help the Kingdom advance. Whether in health advancement, women’s empowerment and cybersecurity, these discussions will help generations to come,” said Princess Lulwah Al-Faisal, vice chair of the board of trustees and the general supervisor of Effat University during her welcoming speech.

She emphasized the importance of cooperating with countries that are less fortunate and exchanging knowledge and resources.

W20 chair, Thoraya Obaid, guided the audience through a rundown of what W20 means and how the team behind it has worked to make it meaningful and unique.

“The W20 will focus on four pillars: Financial inclusion, how to get into the financial field and facilities that are already helping women, and technical inclusion, to make sure women are part of producing technology, not just using it. It will also focus on inclusion in labor,” said Obaid.

The fourth and final pillar, she explained, is usually chosen by the hosting county, through analyzing past G20 data, going through various reports relating to women’s issues, and delegations with organizations like the UN and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

“Finally, we chose inclusion in decision-making: Not only to reach leadership positions, but also making those decisions,” she said.

As for the G20, Obaid said that the Kingdom specifically chose to focus on human empowerment for youth and women, preserving the earth and new horizons.

During the first panel discussion, Hind Al-Zahid, undersecretary for women’s empowerment at the Ministry of Human Resource and Social Development, said that the share of women in leadership positions has gone up from 1.6 percent to 2.3 percent. 

She added that the ministry is aiming to reach 5 percent by the end of 2020.

Al-Zahid announced that by March 8, on International Women’s Day, the ministry will be launching an initiative called Qiyadiyat (Female Leaders), acting as the first ever platform for women in leadership positions to network.