Saudi Arabia names woman for first time board member of Saudi Bar Association

Saudi Arabia’s Justice Minister and chairman of the Saudi Bar Association (SBA) Dr. Walid Al-Samaani has issued an order appointing five members, including a woman, to the third session of the board of directors of the association, for the first time in the history of the Gulf country.
Dr. Louay Al-Akkas, will sit on the board with four other men namely Jasser Al-Jasser, Dr. Osama Al-Qahtani, Anas Al-Zamil, Ithar Al-Da’ij.
The new move is part of the kingdom’s strategy to promote women who have been given a gradual and important place in the establishment of the country’s administration.
Dr. Al-Samaani had earlier approved the rules of professional conduct for lawyers aimed at developing the legal profession and raising its professional standards, in addition to enhancing the principles of transparency and responsibility, The Saudi Gazette reports.
The rules, the outlet notes, are also meant to strengthen the legal protection of lawyers and their clients and redefine their responsibility towards clients, colleagues, judicial authorities and the society.
SBA aims to raise the standard of professional practice of lawyers in order to ensure their good performance, increase awareness of their professional duties, and improve lawyers’ professional practice in the Kingdom.

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