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Four Saudi women were granted licenses on Sunday by the Ministry of Justice to practice law in the Kingdom’s courts, Arabnews reported.
Until now, Saudi women who graduated from law school were previously employed as legal consultants, but were banned from practicing law in the courtroom and were not given attorney status. They also could not own and operate law firms.
Female lawyers have often complained about their inability to use their law degrees despite years of studying and, in some cases, earning a doctorate in law.
The ministry’s move could have a wide-ranging impact on Saudi Arabia’s domestic court system. Women in divorce and custody cases have long battled a system that favors fathers and husbands.
According to the report, Saudi female clients will now have an opportunity to be represented by women who can empathize with their plight. The ministry awarded a license to Arwa Al-Hujaili, a King Abdulaziz University graduate from Jeddah, to become a legal trainee in April. Al-Hujaili can practice law once she completes her three-year internship.
What remains to be determined is whether these female lawyers will be protected against discrimination in the courtroom and whether they will be allowed to travel freely to perform their jobs.Last Mod: 07 Ekim 2013, 10:56