A lawyer for each defendant at state expense (Saudi Ministry)

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RIYADH – The Ministry of Justice is showing utmost concern to ensure fair justice for both parties involved in the legal dispute.

The ministry has emphasized a speedy judicial approach and granting defendants full rights to plead and defend themselves, an investigation by Okaz/Saudi Gazette revealed.

The Saudi judicial system guarantees the right of any defendant to seek the assistance of a lawyer at state expense in major crimes, especially those related to state security. The Ministry has appointed a number of lawyers to represent the defendants before the specialized criminal court.

The public prosecutor will explain to the defendants during the investigation phases their rights guaranteed in accordance with article 4 of the code of criminal procedure.

Under the ministry’s mechanism, proposed lists of attorneys appointed to litigate in each region are formed, provided the appointment is made within five days of the filing of charges.

This under certain conditions and in particular that the appointed lawyer is registered on the list of lawyers and that no disciplinary sanction is pronounced against him. Moreover, no comments are received from the competent court against the lawyer.

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