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Saudi Arabia: Amendments in Law to Improve Legal Practice

Laws & RegulationsSaudi Arabia: Amendments in Law to Improve Legal Practice

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 profession of law within 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.”

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He indicated that the new amendments also included many provisions that would contribute to raising the efficiency of the profession. The amendment reduces the experience required to obtain a lawyer’s license in the Kingdom from three to two years. The rule abolished unlicensed agents’ right to plead, protected the legal profession, raised its standards, and enhanced the control of professional obligations and responsibilities.

Al-Samaani explained that the amendments provided procedures for filing and reviewing disciplinary cases enhanced the principles of integrity and transparency, and ensured the necessary guarantees.

The changes aim to enhance the attractiveness of the law profession, increase the efficiency of the justice system, and strengthen the preventive aspects.

The participating governing bodies in the new amendments included the Justice, Commerce, and the Saudi Bar Association ministries.

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