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Wed 17 Jul 2013 02:39 PM

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Saudi Arabian courts publish judgements for first time

Kingdom’s largest court reveals 600 decisions in bid to be more transparent

Saudi Arabian courts publish judgements for first time
The government said it was aiming to improve transparency in the Saudi legal system.

Some Saudi Arabian courts have begun publishing judgements, opening up the legal system to outsiders for the first time.

More than 600 judgements from the Board of Grievances, the country’s main administrative tribunal hearing claims against the government and businesses, already have been posted online. However, all of the judgements date back to 2007. It is not clear whether recent decisions also will be made public.

The government said it was aiming to improve transparency in the Saudi legal system, Arab News reported.

Most other GCC countries already publish court judgements.

Hamam Kadi from Hatem Ghazawi & Partners law firm told Arab News government policy was in general was becoming more transparent.

“[Saudis have the] freedom to share information without government censorship,” Kadi said.

“Publishing the factual information is better than having everyone speculate and produce inaccurate details. In general, the board’s judgements are solid, and it is better published.

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