RIYADH: The Supreme Judiciary Council chaired by Dr. Saleh Bin Humaid has assigned 31 judges to work in Haj this year and has approved the setting up of judiciary circuits at different locations in the holy sites.
The council has approved the establishment of 14 judiciary circuits to look into cases pertaining to pilgrims and Umrah performers. Each circuit is chaired by a judge.
The judges are tasked with the documentation of the private rights relinquished by pilgrims, the approval of confessions and the investigation of punitive “criminal” cases. They will also look into financial claims not exceeding SR20,000 in addition to any further cases assigned by the council.
The circuits are stationed within the boundaries of the Holy Haram and the Prophet’s Mosque in addition to the holy sites in Makkah including Mina, Muzdalifa and Arafat. The assigned judges have also been told to submit a report of their achievements to the council after Haj indicating the obstacles that they faced and proposing solutions so that these problems can be overcome in the future.
— Okaz/Saudi Gazette