Women lawyers seen as a success in Saudi a year after first licences

The chair of the Council of Saudi Chambers has praised women lawyers as being 'excellent' 12 months after the first of them were allowed to set up in practice - but their arrival has complicated arguments over a possible uniform for court lawyers.

Women lawyers are passing the muster in Saudi Arabia Steve Allen

Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Falaj said that women were hard-working, diligent and had not been harrassed by the judicial authorities. There are some 3,000 Saudi lawyers and only a small number are female.Mr Al-Falaj discussed stalled talks on whether the profession should wear a uniform in court. These discussions have been going on for two years. There appear to be two main groups - those wanting a uniform that distinguishes them from court staff and others with an official role in court and those wanting to rely on an ID card to identify them. Some arguments have focused on different dress codes that would apply to men and women. The Council is planning to take a practical step on the issue soon - meeting with the University of Dar Al-Hekma to discuss both a possible design and whether it could be introduced shortly. Source: Arab News

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