LONDON – Dr. Muhammad Al-Issa, Minister of Justice, discussed with Kenneth Clarke, British Justice Secretary, the possibility of British law offices defending the rights of British companies before Saudi courts.
They also reviewed regulations and work mechanism in courts and training of judges and their assistants.
Al-Issa said British and Saudi law offices can jointly attend legal proceedings and write and present memorandums. British law firms can defend their clients through Saudi lawyers.
They reviewed the Saudi and British experience on several subjects including the available options for resolving disputes through settlement and arbitration. Al-Issa briefed Clarke and his aides on the Saudi judicial system. He also shed light on the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Project for Development of Judiciary. The Saudi minister also visited the UK Parliament and met several members of the House. He was briefed on the organizational structure of the bicameral British Parliament by Daniel Kawczynski, MP and Chairman of the British-Saudi Parliamentary Friendship Committee.
Al-Issa attended a part of the question and answer session.
A long discussion session was then held with several MPs on several subjects including legal principles and Shariah. The subjects of discussion included death by beheading, its implementation and the delivery of verdict. The issue of “mahram” (legal guardian), women’s financial powers, their freedom of movement, freedom to trade and supervise their affairs also came up during the discussion. – SG/SPA