Saudi Arabia to set up training center’s for judges

Changes to the legal system are seen by analysts as crucial for wider social and economic reforms aimed at reconciling Saudi Arabia’s ultra-conservative traditions with the demands of a young population and modern economy.

However, some clerics in the kingdom have opposed any change to the judiciary, seeing the country’s legal system of sharia or Islamic law as a divinely inspired set of rules that cannot be changed by temporal authorities.

A cabinet statement reported by the Saudi Press Agency said the training centers, run by the Justice Ministry, would focus on the “efficiency and performance” of judges and other officials.

All judges, assistant judges, clerks and court secretaries need a huge amount of training and upgrading of their skills.