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The “Supreme Judiciary” forms a committee to complete the 75,000 accumulated appeals against “discri

«الأعلى للقضاء» يشكل لجنة لإنجاز 75 ألف طعن متراكمة في «التمييز»

- He formed a committee to address the chronic accumulation crisis amid the shortage in the number of judges and the reduction of chambers

- Cases are scheduled to be heard after 8 years, and hundreds of litigants have their work suspended due to restrictions

- The court's administrative bodies lost control in the face of the large number of appeals received

Amidst the accumulation of nearly 75,000 appeals before the Court of Cassation, the Supreme Judicial Council decided to put an end to this worsening crisis, by issuing a decision to form a committee to examine the causes of this problem and propose solutions to address it, in a step that the Council is credited with seeking to avoid disrupting the interests of the litigants. And reducing the waiting period for cases before the courts, some of which have reached about 8 years, so that the ball becomes in the court of the committee, which must now move quickly and interact with what the Council has begun. The Council’s decision stipulated that the committee be formed with the membership of “discrimination” advisors, Abdullah Jassim Al-Abdullah, and Dr. Obaid Majoul Al-Ajmi and Owaid Sari Al-Thwaimer, to discuss the problem and propose recommendations to solve it, provided that a report is submitted to the Council. This comes at a time when the general assemblies of judges and advisors in all courts are about to hold their meetings at the end of this month, and with the courts facing a series of technical and administrative obstacles this year, most notably the accumulation of appeals before the “discrimination” chambers, which the administrative bodies seem to have lost control over after The number of appeals received reached about 75,000, the most prominent of which are appeals in administrative, labor and civil cases. Since 2014, appeals have begun to accumulate without effective solutions to confront them, even though their number at that time did not exceed 20,000. The problem has grown and its number today, by the end of the year or the beginning of next year, is approaching 100,000 appeals, which may increase, unless real solutions are developed by those working on this file. At the forefront of which is increasing the number of judicial circuits, transferring a number of advisors from the Court of Appeal to the Court of Cassation, increasing the number of members of the Cassation Prosecution, and holding two or three sessions for the circuits per week instead of one, in addition to calling for amending the laws of pleadings and appeal procedures before the Court of Cassation. The same problem exists in the criminal courts, which are no longer able to deal with the number of misdemeanor cases of all kinds, which prompted the docket departments to set distant sessions to consider these cases, some of which extend to the year 2027, in a scene that reflects the loss of administrative control over the organization of misdemeanor cases, which is now causing hundreds of citizens to be reviewed. Those residing daily go to the court departments in Al-Raqi and the Judgment Implementation Department at the Ministry of Interior to lift the restrictions, until sessions are scheduled for their cases that are expected to be heard within three or four years, due to the inability to contain these cases, whether from the “Interior”, represented by investigations and judgment execution, or From “Justice” and the administrative apparatus of the Supreme Court. In parallel, the courts this year are facing a shortage in the number of working advisors and judges, especially after the expiration of the contracts of a number of expatriate judges and the unwillingness to expand by concluding new contracts for non-citizens to work in some courts, specifically in the “college”, depending on the national cadres coming from the prosecution. After spending no less than five years there. While the idea of increasing the number of judicial circuits increases every judicial year, this year will witness either a stability in the number of circuits in some courts, or a reduction in some other courts such as appeals.



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