E-litigation in Saudi courts gets unprecedented boost

E-litigation service was one among many digital services that the ministry planned and launched. This is to ensure business continuity during the over three months of government closure due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The courts in Saudi Arabia conducted over 4,000 hearing sessions in one single day; according to latest indicator issued by the Saudi ministry of justice.

The service is introducing new standards to the judiciary practice indeed, with litigants being able to log online using the Najiz.sa portal; file a case; present their documents; complete the pleading electronically; reply to questions asked by the judicial panel; and have the time to review and present their cases in the best possible manner. The hearing sessions get conducted online with all litigants linked together through a live circuit, including lawyers as well as translators. All sessions get recorded and documented electronically in order to provide safeguards to all the litigants.

“E-litigation also provides case parties with clear and secure process that helps minimize the time and effort spent on logistics.” said the ministry of justice. “Clients can log in to Najiz.sa; explore the list of services under e-litigation; and perform the types of services they are looking for.”

According to the ministry, e-litigation on Najiz portal is also on high demand from day one. With conducting over 7,000 hearing sessions remotely on the first day of the launch; to holding an average of around 2,000-3,000 daily hearing sessions.

“It is not just the unprecedented times the world is going through to stop the spread of coronavirus; this service is also here to stay and evolve, it is a stepping stone in the history of judiciary where physical location is no longer relevant to attending a trial session and delivering justice,” concluded the ministry.

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