For the second in two years, appointment of female judges in the Personal Status Court has been rejected and considered not acceptable by the Saudi Shura Council.
According to the statement of Latifa Al-Shaalan; member of the council, the second attempt of learning a recommendation to make possible the appointment of women as judges has been blocked by the council.
Al-Shaalan further explained that the justice system in Kingdom has no interest in denying the appointment of women as judges by saying, “kingdom’s justice system “does not” prohibit the appointment of women as judges.”
A similar recommendation was recorded blocked two years back to make appointment possible for women to become judges with only 53 of the 150 council’s members voting in the support of the proposal.
The women considered legally and religiously experienced to hold the position of judge as being qualified were called to be empowered and mentioned as ‘competent Saudi woman’ as the first recommendation made called for their empowerment, while the second recommendation had call for the empowerment of the women to pay their duty directly as judges in the Personal Status Courts.