Saudi female lawyers to receive first licenses

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Saudi female lawyers are only three days away from receiving their licenses from the Ministry of Justice to practice their profession for the first time ever.

The ministry has informed four female lawyers that they will receive their licenses on Sunday, al-Watan quoted Ministry of Justice sources.


Sources said the ministry told female lawyers, who submitted applications for licenses, that they have been registered in the list as practicing lawyers. They have to visit the General Administration for Lawyers after completing the procedures for the issuance of advocacy licenses.

The female lawyers have to personally receive their licenses from the ministry’s headquarters. Sources said this step also allows them to obtain identity cards issued by the Ministry of Justice.

Legal consultant Bayan Zahran said the presence of Saudi female lawyers in courts would contribute to disseminating legal culture among Saudi families.

Other female lawyers appealed to the Ministry of Justice for equal treatment as their female colleagues who have already been informed that they will receive their licenses to practice advocacy.

Meanwhile, official spokesman of the Ministry of Justice Fahd Abdullah Al-Bakran said the number of Saudi lawyers is increasing. Over 200 lawyers have been registered during the current Hijri year. He lauded the lawyers’ groundbreaking role in serving justice.

He said lawyers are partners in serving justice. Al-Bakran added that the General Administration for Advocacy in the Ministry of Justice is continuing its efforts to complete applications submitted to them, as well as granting the lawyers licenses for practicing the profession provided the conditions are fulfilled by the applicants.

He mentioned that they are communicating with the new lawyers through SMS messages to come to the ministry and collect their licenses.

Female lawyer Dania Abu Al-Ula said she visited the Advocacy Administration in the Ministry of Justice in Riyadh carrying a file containing her complete CV and degrees, including certificates of experience from legal establishments she worked in for five years, but was surprised with the requirement of fulfilling a new condition — a printout from GOSI showing three years of experience.

She demanded the Ministry of Justice to scrap the condition for the GOSI printout.

This article was first published in Saudi Gazette on Oct. 3, 2013.

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