‘God willing, you will hear very soon about the presence of female members of the Public Prosecution Office undertaking their duties to the fullest’ – Attorney General
The Kingdom’s Vision 2030, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, aims to increase the percentage of women in the workforce
RIYADH, July 13 (CIC) – In yet another first in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, women will start working as investigators at the Public Prosecution Office “very soon”, according to Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al Mojeb.
Commenting on the readiness of the Public Prosecution Office to appoint female members as investigators, Sheikh Al Mojeb stated on Thursday, “We are still carrying out the legal procedures so that the female members of the Public Prosecution Office are at the level that we hope and aspire for, in the service of this institution.
“God willing, you will hear very soon about the presence of female members of the Public Prosecution Office, undertaking their duties to the fullest, after the issuance of the orders from the leadership.”
The Attorney General, who visited the branches of the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Al-Baha and Baljurashi in the south, on Thursday, added: “We have held workshops for the rehabilitation of members and staff of the Public Prosecution, both inside and outside the Kingdom, and you will hear in the near future about lengthy and mandatory courses for prosecutors.”
A series of reforms initiated in the Kingdom was aimed, in large part, at empowering women. Notable among these reforms was a Royal Decree issued in September 2017 by King Salman under which set June 24, 2018 as the day the ban on women driving in the Kingdom would be lifted. The Kingdom’s Vision 2030 roadmap for the future, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also aims to increase the percentage of women in the workforce.
The Public Prosecution Office said in February that it would recruit women as investigators for the first time, noting that vacancies for women at the level of Lieutenant Investigator existed. The applicants must be Saudi citizens, be of good standing and hold a degree in Sharia or information technology, from one of the Kingdom’s colleges or its equivalent.
History was made earlier this week as women became notaries in Saudi Arabia for the first time. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on Monday announced that it has granted 12 women notarisation licences with all the powers granted to male notaries.
In January, the Ministry of Justice announced that it plans to recruit 300 women as social researchers, administrative assistants, Islamic jurisprudence researchers and legal researchers.