Saudi Justice Ministry launches legal issue fairs for women and families

Ministry of Justice Walid Al-Samaani

:: The Ministry of Justice on Thursday launched its first legal culture exhibition titled “Knowledge and Enrichment,” part of a series aimed at families and women in the Kingdom.

The fairs aim to introduce judicial procedures and services, and raise awareness of women’s legal and Shariah rights.

The first exhibition was being held at the Granada Commercial Center in Riyadh from Feb 1-3, before being rolled out to other Saudi cities.

Majid bin Mohammed Al-Khamis, the ministry’s general supervisor of media and institutional communication, said that the fair — directed by Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani — aimed to spread awareness of legal culture to society in general, and especially to raise awareness of legal and Shariah rights and duties to women.

Al-Khamis added that the exhibitions are part of the initiative to highlight the advantages of the justice system, and disseminate legal culture, form part of the ministry’s contribution to the National Transformation Program (NTP) 2020, the initiative launched in 2016 to spur growth.

He explained that the first fair includes informative and interactive platforms focusing on the topics the society needed. A team of female experts in Sharia requirements, the law and sociology, will take part.

“The fair will include four main platforms: culture, services, reconciliation and laws — and the specialists will answer visitors’ questions. The cultural platform will provide the information needed for better awareness and knowledge of personal status issues, while the services platform will explain the ministry’s digital services,” he said.

A reconciliation platform has been set up to educate visitors on the importance of settling disputes before going to court, while the laws platform introduces and explains several laws. In addition, English-language speakers will be on hand to assist non-Arabic-speaking visitors.

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