Saudi government expands Courts, chambers to help resolve labor cases

PR: The Kingdom’s Supreme Judicial Council has approved the establishment of seven labor courts, and 96 labor chambers spread across the main cities in the country, namely Riyadh, Makkah, Madinah, Buraidah, Dammam, Abha, and Jeddah. This is a move towards empowering the labor force within the Kingdom. Previously, labor disputes were adjudicated under the umbrella of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development. Within this new structure, labor disputes can now be resolved within specialized labor courts under the purview of the Ministry of Justice. Under the Law of Civil Procedures, labor courts are competent to hear cases related to labor law, such as disputes concerning labor contracts, wages, workers’ rights, and work injuries, to name a few. The Kingdom’s Ministry of Justice has a clear vision for labor courts, aimed at achieving excellence, reducing the duration of litigation, achieving integrated digital processing, bringing greater assurance to the Saudi labor market and making it more attractive to the business sector by upholding justice and ensuring fairness for all labor market participants.–PR by Saudi Embassy Washington DC

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