State to Provide A Lawyer For Every Accused

Saudi justice system ensures the right of any accused to seek assistance of a lawyer at state’s expense, especially related to state security

Riyadh — The Ministry of Justice has shown its desire to ensure fair trial and justice for both the parties involved in judicial litigation. The ministry emphasized on prompt justice approach and granted the accused all their rights to plead and defend themselves.

The Saudi justice system ensures the right of any accused to seek the assistance of a lawyer at the state’s expense in major crimes, especially those related to state security. The ministry has assigned several state lawyers to appear for the defendants at the Specialized Criminal Court.

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The Public Prosecution will explain to the accused during the investigation phases their rights guaranteed by Article 4 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Under the ministry’s mechanism, proposed lists of lawyers nominated to plead in each region are formed. The nomination is required to be submitted within five days after filing the charges.

Conditions apply for the nominations of lawyers, including registration as a practitioner. They were not penalized for disciplinary reasons. Moreover, he has no adverse comments from the competent court against him.

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