Saudi courts postpone hearings to avoid coronavirus spread

The decision also included the rescheduling of all postponed court sessions during the suspension period. (File: AFP)
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Updated 15 March 2020

Saudi courts postpone hearings to avoid coronavirus spread

  • Hearings will be postponed at the Kingdom’s courts staring Monday until further notice
  • The decision it said is a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of coronavirus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Judicial Council will postpone hearings at the Kingdom’s courts staring Monday until further notice.

The decision it said is a precautionary measure to avoid the spread of coronavirus and to ensure the safety of people.

The decision also included the rescheduling of all postponed court sessions during the suspension period.

These cases with be prioritized once the courts resume and the parties relevant to those cases will be notified electronically.
The courts will continue looking into urgent cases or those that require immediate decisions and cannot be delayed.


2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

Updated 28 September 2020

2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit to be held virtually on Nov. 21 – 22 

  • G20 presidency to build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit held in March

RIYADH: The 2020 G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held virtually on November 21 – 22 and will be chaired by the Saudi Arabia's King Salman, the G20 presidency said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) Monday.

"The G20 presidency will build on the success of the extraordinary virtual G20 Leaders’ Summit held in March, and on the outcomes of over 100 virtual working groups and ministerial meetings," the statement said.

"The G20 is leading the fight against this global pandemic, taking swift and unprecedented actions to protect lives, livelihoods and the most vulnerable," it said. 

The G20 has contributed over $21 billion to support the production, distribution, and access to diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.

It has also injected $11 trillion to safeguard the global economy.

It has further launched a debt suspension initiative for the least developed countries that would allow beneficiary countries to defer $14 billion in debt payments due this year and use these amounts instead for financing their health systems and social programs.

"The upcoming G20 Leaders’ Summit will focus on protecting lives and restoring growth, by addressing vulnerabilities uncovered during the pandemic and by laying down the foundations for a better future," said the statement. 

"The Summit will also focus on fostering international action to realize opportunities of the 21st century for all, by empowering people and protecting our planet, whilst harnessing the potential of innovation to shape new frontiers."