Riyadh: 23 young Saudi women from various regions of the Kingdom have won favorable court verdicts in their adhl lawsuits they had filed against their parents or legal guardians who rejected their getting married. The courts issued these verdicts during the last four months.
The practice of restricting women from getting married by their legal guardians is known as adhl. The courts completed the procedures on these lawsuits in less than 30 days, with some verdicts issued within 10 and 14 days.
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The adhl lawsuit can be filed by any woman or person interested in the case, the mother or brothers. The suitor is not required to be present in such proceedings. The rules stress that the court shall decide on the lawsuit referred to it within 30 days. The hearing of the case shall not be postponed from the scheduled date unless when necessary.
The rules also stipulate that the courts allow the judicial department to take what it deems appropriate; to preserve the parties’ privacy and confidentiality. Court are also allowed to hear adhl cases outside regular working hours, considering the urgency of concluding a marriage contract.
The rules also allow the court to authorize whoever it deems appropriate to perform the marriage contract with the authorized official at a place agreed upon by the two parties involved.