Riyadh — Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani has clarified the proposed amendments approved by the Council of Ministers on Wednesday regarding new conditions for foreign law firms in Saudi Arabia. The amendments ultimately aim to develop and advance the law profession within the Saudi Arabia.
Al-Samaani said the amendments created a regulatory framework for foreign law firms and included several conditions; that foreign offices must meet to obtain a license to practice the profession in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
He indicated that the new amendments also included many provisions that will contribute to raising the efficiency of the profession. The amendment reduces the period of experience required to obtain; a lawyer’s license in the Kingdom from three years to two years. The rule abolished unlicensed agents’ right to plead, to protect the legal profession; raise its standards and enhance the control of professional obligations and responsibilities.
Al-Samaani explained that the amendments provided procedures for filing and reviewing the disciplinary cases; enhancing the principles of integrity and transparency, and ensuring the necessary guarantees.
The changes aim to enhance the attractiveness of the law profession; raise the efficiency of the justice system and strengthen the preventive aspects.
The participating governing bodies in the new amendments included the ministries of Justice, Commerce, and the Saudi Bar Association.