Saudi courts think green to go paperless and digitize services

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The Saudi Ministry of Justice said on Sunday that its “paperless courts” project across the kingdom aims to contribute to reducing paper waste and saving the environment.

The ministry launched the paperless courts initiative earlier last year to digitally connect courts, re-direct the majority of the procedures online, and eliminate almost 90 percent of paperwork and save time and effort for clients.

“We have emphasized the importance of paperless courts in terms of increasing efficiency and digitizing our services,” said Majid Al Khamis, head of corporate communication in the ministry.

“But what is also important to us, and what we see value in this project, is its positive impact on environment.”

“This ambitious initiative will contribute to paper waste reduction, help protect the environment and support the kingdom’s future plans for waste management and transforming waste into clean energy projects,” Al Khamis added.

According to published research by the General Authority of Meteorology and Environmental Protection (GAMEP), Saudi Arabia generates over 15 million tons of solid waste each year, and paper waste is the second largest type of solid waste after organic waste, making around 29 percent of the total solid waste.

Keeping those numbers in mind, the ministry realized it could make a difference and rolled out the initiative, extending it to most of the kingdom’s courts to help reduce the use of papers.

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