Only 13% of 639 female lawyers are licensed

There were 67 women out of 3,400 lawyers in the country at the end of 2015.
Updated 21 May 2016

Only 13% of 639 female lawyers are licensed

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Justice has revealed that there are 639 women lawyers in the country, with only 85 having licenses to practice. This works out to 13.3 percent of law grads, according to a report in an online publication Friday.
The report said that several women lawyers met with the Saudi Bar Association in the Eastern Province recently to raise concerns about training and being able to practice in suitable working conditions.
Bikr Al-Haboub, secretary-general of the body, said local lawyers must be tested before they can get licenses to practice. Several lawyers said that there must be regulations drafted to explain their rights and duties.
Muneera Al-Mansour, a woman lawyer, said many graduates are not provided training by law firms. Some firms even ask them to pay for training, she was quoted as saying.
According to a ministry report, there were 67 women out of 3,400 lawyers in the country at the end of 2015. This has now increased to 85 since the beginning of the year, the report said.
Recently, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman issued a royal decree appointing 43 judges. The ministry had also created 1,145 judicial posts to support the courts with qualified staff.
The ministry also inked a contract worth SR870.8 million last year with a local company for the construction of 33 courts and notary offices in Riyadh. The ministry has urged all legal practitioners to abide by the country’s laws.

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. (SPA)
Updated 04 August 2020

Pilgrims to quarantine for 14 days after Hajj

  • COVID-19 cases in Saudi Arabia continue to fall, officials say

JEDDAH: Pilgrims who took part in this year’s Hajj must continue wearing electronic tags so authorities can track their 14-day quarantine once they return home.

The bracelet is designed to monitor pilgrims’ adherence to quarantine, as well as monitoring and recording their health status through the “Tatamman” app.
Pilgrims were required to quarantine before embarking on the Hajj and wore the bracelets to ensure they were obeying the self-isolation rules as part of strict measures to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The country continues to experience a decline in COVID-19 cases. Recorded infections remain below the 2,000 mark for the 10th day in a row. The Kingdom reported 1,258 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, raising the number of those infected to 280,093 so far.
There are currently 35,091 active cases and six patients were admitted to critical care units, raising the number to 2,017. There were 32 new fatalities, raising the death toll to 2,949.
There were 1,972 new recoveries recorded, raising the total number of recoveries to 242,053.
More than 41,361 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests have been conducted in the past 24 hours. The total number of PCR tests conducted to date exceeds 3.47 million.


280,093 COVID-19 cases

242,053 Recoveries

35,091 Active cases

2,949 Total deaths

3.47m PCR tests

The Ministry of Health has been carrying out daily visits to health institutions in order to assess their level of commitment to anti-coronavirus measures, such as ensuring that staff adhere to social distancing, wear masks, and adopt the health practices and crisis management mechanisms recommended by authorities to protect patients and staff.
Teams have been dispatched to supervise the compliance of health facilities’ quarantine centers across Saudi Arabia and stepped up their visits to government and private hospitals to ensure their compliance with health protocols, sample transfers and staff testing as well as ensuring that all routine surgeries are stopped.
More than 5,000 violations have been recorded and violators were referred to committees. More than 150 facilities were temporarily shut down by the ministry until the proper protocols were implemented and the violations were fixed. A number of institutions were able to resume operations after settling fines.