22 Feb 2010

Saudi women lawyers to be allowed to appear in court

9:32 am on 22 February 2010

Saudi Arabia is planning to bring in a new law that will allow women lawyers to argue cases in court for the first time.

Saudi Justice Minister Mohammed Al-Eissa said the law was part of King Abdullah's plan to develop the legal system.

The law would allow Saudi women lawyers to appear in court on family-related cases, including divorce and child custody, the BBC reports.

At the moment, they can only work behind the scenes in government and court offices.

The new legislation will also allow Saudi women to complete certain procedures without the presence of a witness.