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Saudi Arabia: 11,000 court sessions held remotely

By : Marwa Mahmoud

The head of the Supreme Judicial Council, Sheik Dr. Walid Al-Samaani, reviewed the performance of the indicators during the period of attendance at work headquarters via a virtual meeting with the heads of the criminal courts and the heads of the Ministry and the Supreme Judicial Council, which showed that 19,000 hearings and 2,200 criminal courts were held.

The indicators of the Judicial Operations Center showed that the criminal courts held about 6000 sessions “remotely” for prisoners’ cases.

That was after the speedy activation of the electronic link between the majority of prisons and criminal courts, in coordination with the General Directorate of Prisons .This service was activated in 6 prisons. 

Dr.Al-Samaani confirmed that remote litigation is a necessity required by the nature of work in the criminal courts to expedite the trial of a prisoner.

  He stressed that the remote trial will not be limited to the period of suspension, but will continue to be followed after the pandemic is over.

Dr. Al-Samaani praised the efforts and interaction of the honorable judges and civil servants working in the criminal courts, stressing that the criminal justice system should receive special attention for its association with prisoner cases that require speedy adjudication.

HH clarified the importance of an effective expansion of the powers of the presidents of the courts.

It is worth mentioning that the Ministry of Justice continues its efforts in the service of beneficiaries by launching many services in the sectors of the judiciary, documentation, implementation, conciliation, training, law, and other matters that enrich beneficiaries from visiting justice facilities, through the Nagis electronic portal najiz.sa and the Unified Communication Center 1950.