Saudi Attorney General set to appoint first female investigators

Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb says women will start working as investigators at the Public Prosecution Office
By Sam Bridge
Sat 14 Jul 2018 10:28 AM

Women will start working as investigators at the Public Prosecution Office “very soon” in another first in Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb.

Commenting on the readiness of the Public Prosecution Office to appoint females, Sheikh Al Mojeb said: “We are still carrying out the legal procedures so that the female members of the Public Prosecution Office are at the level that we hope and aspire for, in the service of this institution.

“God willing, you will hear very soon about the presence of female members of the Public Prosecution Office, undertaking their duties to the fullest, after the issuance of the orders from the leadership.”

The Attorney General's comments come amid a series of reforms initiated in the kingdom aimed, in large part, at empowering women.

Notable among these reforms was a Royal Decree issued in September 2017 by King Salman which lifted the ban on women driving in the kingdom.

Vision 2030, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also aims to increase the percentage of women in the workforce.

The Public Prosecution Office said in February that it would recruit women as investigators for the first time, noting that vacancies for women would be created at the level of lieutenant investigator.

The applicants must be Saudi citizens, and hold a degree in Sharia or information technology, from one of the Kingdom’s colleges or its equivalent.

History was made earlier this week when women became notaries in Saudi Arabia for the first time. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on Monday announced that it has granted 12 women notarisation licences with all the powers granted to male notaries.

In January, the MoJ also announced that it plans to recruit 300 women as social researchers, administrative assistants, Islamic jurisprudence researchers and legal researchers.

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Last Updated: Sat 14 Jul 2018 10:37 AM GST

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