Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has approved a development plan for the Higher Institute for Judicial Studies at the Imam Muhammad Islamic University in Riyadh.
“The institute will conduct master and doctoral degree programs besides workshops, seminars and training sessions for judges, assistant judges and notaries,” Suleiman Abal Khayl, rector of the university, said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency yesterday.
The move comes as part of efforts to reform the judiciary system in the Kingdom.
According to the plan, those who join the judiciary will have to get training at the higher institute.
“It will help provide professionalism and uniformity to the judicial system and facilitate the supervision of candidates for the judicial service,” Abal Khayl said.
Another feature of the plan is that the institute will gather the largest number of legal experts so that the trainees and students can get quality training about the Kingdom’s legal system, he said.
Representatives of the General Presidency of the Scholarly Research and Ifta, Supreme Judiciary Council, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Justice, Court of Grievances and the Prosecution and Investigations Commission will be members of the advisory council.
It will coordinate between the institute and the bodies that are represented in the council, which will, in turn, help in achieving maximum uniformity in the operations of the judiciary.
Those already in the judicial service will be given preference in studies at the institute.
The institute will see that judicial courts implement the methods recommended by it.