18 Oct 2012

Saudi women lawyers gain equal status

Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia are to be permitted to practise on the same terms as their male counterparts from early next month, as the authorities bow to increased international pressure to liberalise social and professional life in the Gulf state.

Gradual professional equality

Gradual professional equality

Several days ago, the Council of Ministers expert’s committee sent to the Ministry of Justice statutes governing entry of women lawyers to Saudi courts and, according to a source cited on the Albawaba web site, qualified women lawyers can now approach the ministry to obtain the required licence.
‘The statutes, which were drafted by the ministry and submitted for the approval of the experts’ committee, are expected to be implemented when the courts reopen after the Eid holidays,’ Al-Watan Daily reported, quoting an informed source.
Another source at the Saudi Human Rights Commission suggested that the new regulations do not differentiate between male and female practitioners.
‘The statutes explain the existing system in Saudi courts and other judicial institutions. The statutes never distinguished between men and women in procedural matters,’ the source said.