Coronavirus Boosts E-litigation in Saudi Courts at Unprecedented Pace
Saudi courts held over 4,000 hearing sessions in a single day, according to latest indicators issued by the Ministry of Justice.
The E-litigation service was one among many digital services planned and launched by the ministry to ensure business continuity during the 90-plus days of government closure due to the pandemic.
The service is introducing new standards to the judiciary practice indeed, with case parties being able to log online using the Najiz.sa portal, file a case, present their documents, complete the pleading electronically, answer questions asked by the judicial panel and have the time to review and present their cases in the best possible manner.
The hearings are conducted online with case parties all being linked together through a live circuit, including lawyers and translators. All sessions are recorded and documented electronically in order to provide safeguards to case parties.
“E-litigation provides case parties with clear and secure process that helps minimize the time and effort being spent on logistics,” said the Ministry of Justice. “Clients can log in to Najiz.sa, explore the list of services under e-litigation, and perform the types of services they are looking for.”
According to the ministry, e-litigation on the Najiz portal has been in high demand from day one. With over 7,000 hearing sessions being held remotely since the first day of the launch, to an average of around 2,000-3,000 daily hearings being held.
“It is not just the unprecedented times the world is going through to stop the spread of coronavirus; this service is here to stay and evolve, it is a stepping stone in the history of judiciary where physical location is no longer relevant to attending a trial session and delivering justice,” stressed the ministry.