Thursday, November 12, 2009

Saudi women may soon practise law

In yet another sign of Saudi Arabia shedding its conservative image, women lawyers may soon be allowed to represent female clients in courtrooms, close on the heels of the kingdom opening its first co-educational university.

Under a proposal floated by the Saudi Ministry of justice, women lawyers will be issued a restrictive form of license which will give them access to certain areas of courts and in cases in which they are representing female clients only, Arabic daily Al Madina reported quoting a senior official.

The move came after the ministry’s recommendation that the best way of protecting women’s rights in various cases would be by allowing them to be represented in the court by a female lawyer. MORE HERE

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