Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani during his participation at the Saudi Family Forum 2021 on Sunday, said that Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice is set to release the personal status draft law, announced by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with the main focus on family status, strengthening the family bond and reducing the negative impact of separation. The project also focused mainly on stressing a woman’s agreement to marriage, preserving her and her children’s financial and alimony rights, as well as other divorce requests issues. Al- Samaani also said that many public policies, including the basic law of governance, and the Saudi Vision 2030, had focused on empowering the family to achieve sustainable social development and striving to overcome all obstacles facing its members.
The minister explained that the amendment made in the executive regulations of the legal pleading system by adding a legal text that refers all personal status disputes to the reconciliation center to try to reconcile spouses, was one of the decisions that contributed to enhancing the sustainability and stability of the family, and he stressed that this amendment contributed to decrease the personal status disputes related to divorce, alimony more than 20%. The goal of digital transformation in the Ministry of Justice was not just to enable service provision, he said, but to facilitate procedures. Filing cases from home or elsewhere had also enabled the judicial and relevant authorities, such as the Human
Al-Samaani said that the ministry had launched 120 electronic services and that judicial sessions did not stop during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that the Ministry of Justice had applied artificial intelligence techniques to their system. The first cases to which this was applied were personal status cases so that judicial authorities could predict 80 percent of the verdict in advance.