Saudi courts: Fingerprints to replace witnesses ID’ing women
The Saudi Ministry of Justice will install a fingerprint recognition system to do away with the need for someone to testify on the identity of a woman in court, Al-Madinah newspaper reported.
A source said the ministry is working on a number of amendments in the system to facilitate the employment and presence of women in court rooms and legal directorates.
“The ministry is opening women’s sections in its directorates and facilities. The women’s offices will be fully equipped and segregated. The ministry is trying to offer employment opportunities for women to fill a large number of vacancies,” said the source.
He said the ministry needs more employees in administrative, technical and judicial positions.
“The population of the country is growing and the ministry is expanding. We are also in need of experts and researchers to develop the judicial system. The wage structure needs to improve so that the ministry’s directorates will be more attractive to job seekers,” said the source.
He said the ministry is working on placing advertisements on job vacancies and running career fairs to motivate interested applicants.
“The ministry has hired more than 5,000 people since the employment program. As many as 207 new notaries public were employed taking their total number to 1,214,” said the source.
He added the total number of judges in Saudi Arabia reached 1,810 with 92 new appointments.
“The employment program also includes a training period to ensure that all newly appointed individuals are fully experienced and qualified to occupy their positions. The ministry organized 95 different training programs for the judges,” said the source.
The source added the training programs offered are both internal and external as the ministry aims to have a well-rounded body of employees.