Origins of the Judicial System (2)

While recommending temporary measures to cope with the current situation, King Abdul Aziz (Ibn Saud) would not allow the persistence of inconsistent judicial systems. A Royal Decree was issued in 1927 (1345/46 AH) with the aim of unifying the judicial system of the nation. Its institutions were classified into three hierarchical categories: expeditious courts, Shari'ah courts, and the Commission on Judicial Supervision.

This classification of courts in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is basically the same today, and the latest important legislation on the subject, the Attributions of Shari'ah Jurisprudence Responsibilities of 1952 (1371/72 AH), though more detailed, and covering such subjects as the Notaries Public, the Property Departments and Summoning Officers, has not signified any radical departure.

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