How Saudi legal system works?

After Khashoggi crisis has dominated public opinion and headlines, Saudi leadership did not hesitate at implementing equity and justice Through Saudi legal system.

Crown Prince Mohamed Bin Salman gave orders that showed great discipline towards implementing justice with a case stirred wide controversy, by taking steps to hold a number of senior Saudi officials accountable for the case.

“The accident is very painful to the Saudis”, Said Prince Salman at ‘Davos in the Desert’ event in Riyadh.

Meanwhile, the Crown Prince described the incident as “outrageous and unjustifiable,” he confirmed that the Kingdom “is carrying out all procedures to investigate and work with the Government of Turkey to punish those responsible for the incident” and to impose deterrent punishment.

Since its foundation, The Kingdom is based on Shariah principles to arbitrate grievances of personal status, civil and criminal cases.

The Saudi judiciary works according to six systems: Multiple judges system, consensus sentence, Judge deputies, specialized courts, verdict appealing to a higher court and court of cassation established 59 years ago.

The Supreme Judicial Council is the body which handles reports of judicial and procedural principles and supervision on courts according to legal system.

Saudi legal system witnessed big developments, like the establishment of personal status courts, reconciliation centers and courts’ restructuring.

King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz has allocated 7 billion riyals for the implementation of the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz project, which aims to develop the judicial system and make an access to electronic control of Justice ministry.

The new developments made to legal system also took into account the rights of women in trials and pleadings, facilitating many procedures, including the speedy adjudication of cases brought by women in disputes of marriage, child custody and child maintenance

as well as granting the court the authority to order forced attendance to the defendant in the case of previous disputes

giving women the option to prosecute in her country or in the country of the defendant, with granting facilitated proceedings if she was the accused.

The system of legal proceedings set a brief way to limit the delay in compensation of the injured party and to consider the claim for damages resulting from procrastination in ruling.

This made the Saudi legal system more specialized, compared with international legal systems.

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