Welcome to the Saudi Arabia focus edition of Law Update.
One of the key markets in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that continues to lead from the front is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). As the largest country in the Middle East and the 18th largest economy in the world, the progress KSA continues to make is underpinned by its Vision 2030 that envisions developing the country as an investment powerhouse and hub that ultimately connects Asia, Europe, and Africa. Given Saudi Arabia’s significance to the regional economy, our team of experts have prepared a range of pertinent articles that provide insights into new laws, regulations, and the legal landscape in the Kingdom.
This edition will provide you with an up-to-date guide on matters such as; the framework issued by the Saudi Central Bank on IT governance, the anti-corruption landscape under Vision 2030; we also provide practical tips for dispute avoidance. This is only a snapshot; there are many more articles within the KSA focus section for you to read, which we hope you will find valuable and enjoyable.Read the edition
To minimize the rapid spreading of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Egypt, the Ministry of Justice issued a statement on the 15th of March, to postpone all hearings before all courts that were scheduled to take place this week and next week. The statement was issued clarifying that the postponed hearings will not be stricken-off, but merely postponed to preserve public health and safety.
On its part, the Court of Cassation also issued statement verifying the postponing all civil and criminal hearings scheduled before the Court of Cassation from Monday, 16th of March 2020 until 30th of March 2020.
Furthermore, the Chief Justice of the Council of State issued Decree No. 206 of 2020 today, postponing all administrative court and commissions’ hearings scheduled before the Council of State in Egypt effective Monday, the 16th of March 2020, until end of Saturday, 28th of March 2020. As an exception, the Council of State shall continue to hear Summary Proceedings and other urgent matters as per its discretionary power.
It is worth mentioning that all the above decisions entail that the regulatory administrative work by the court officials shall continue to operate normally during the upcoming period.