By Innovation-sa on November 1, 2018 in News

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Justice Waleed Al-Sama’ani inaugurated the first labor courts in the Kingdom on Monday.


The specialized labor courts are a result of three years of continuous efforts by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) to increase transparency of the labor market and thereby boost investment and drive the economy towards development in line with the objectives of Vision 2030.


The minister said that all procedures at the new labor courts will be fully digitized to ensure speedy delivery of justice and better service to clients. He added that judges with diverse experiences were given sufficient training to handle labor cases.


Labor courts and panels started exercising their jurisdiction, as stipulated in the Civil Procedure Law, as of Monday, October 29, 2018.


The decision has also identified six minor types of cases that cannot be contested after a judgement has been issued by a first instance court. Cases with a financial claim less than SR20,000, claim of experience certificate, or worker’s documents kept by previous employer, and complaints against the decisions of the commissions on domestic employment fall in this category.


The Supreme Judicial Council also explained that cases registered at amicable settlement departments shall be referred to the labor courts and panels as soon as the courts began their works.


Moreover, competent departments shall continue to implement the decisions of commissions on labor dispute settlement regarding applications for enforcing the judgments of labor courts.


The labor courts will be connected to all government entities that deal with labor. The court will play a significant role in simplifying procedures and increasing the efficiency in conducting projects as well as ensuring employee’s security and protection at work.


Saudi Gazette – 30 October 2018