Saudi Arabia announces new judicial reforms in a move towards codified law

SourceEgypt Independent
CountrySaudi Arabia

The prince, often referred to by his initials MBS, has launched a series of social and economic reforms aimed at modernizing the conservative kingdom, which has no codified system of law to go with the texts making up sharia, or Islamic law. The state news agency (SPA) quoted the prince on Monday as saying that four new laws – the personal status law, the civil transactions law, the penal code of discretionary sanctions and the law of evidence – are currently being finalized and will then be submitted to the cabinet and relevant bodies as well as the advisory Shura Council, before they are finally approved. “The new laws represent a new wave of reforms that will … increase the reliability of procedures and oversight mechanisms as cornerstones in achieving the principles of justice, clarifying the lines of accountability,” Prince Mohammed said in the statement. A Saudi official told Reuters On Monday that setting clear codes to four major and fundamental laws more...