New Lawyers Act

01 Nov 2001

Saudi Arabia has now regulated the professional work of lawyers. The new Lawyers Act was enacted and will be effective starting from February 1, 2002.

The main new aspect of the regulation is that it allowed foreign lawyers to apply and get licensed to practise law in the Kingdom, provided that they can prove reciprocal treatment for Saudis in their respective countries. All other requirements are merely formal and are shared among Saudi nationals and foreigners alike.

The law has also regulated the status of the foreign legal consultants already licensed to practise law in Saudi Arabia. It gave them a temporary licence to provide legal consultations for their clients, provided that they may not appear before courts as agents, and they should maintain at least nine months of residency in Saudi Arabia.

Another important aspect is that the new law gave the right for non-lawyers to appear before courts representing litigants if they are their spouses, close relatives or in-laws, the entities appointed representative, etc.

Other articles of the law provided rules for the professional conduct of lawyers and general legal ethics.



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