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New Judicial Fees

New Judicial Fees

New Judicial Fees Mandatory in #Saudi_Arabia.

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Overview

Judicial Fee Law was promulgated by the Royal Decree number (M/16) dated 30/01/1443 Hijri, corresponding to 7 September 2021, and the Cabinet Resolution number (65) dated 23/01/1443 Hijri, corresponding to 31 August 2021, published in the Saudi Gazette on 02 September 2021.

what is a Judicial Fee

A judicial fee is an amount of money to be paid by the Claimant litigant to the competent authority in consideration of the judicial service in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as organized under the Judicial Fees Law.

A judicial fee does not include any other payments resulting from the litigation proceedings; such as expert fees.

When Does It Start?

The Judicial Fees Law shall come into effect 180 days after its publication in the Gazette and the Cabinet shall issue the implementing regulations within 60 days from the date of issuance of the Law.

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Objectives of Judicial Fees

Judicial Fee Law is aimed to:

Matters exempted from Judicial Fees

There will be no judicial fee imposed on lawsuits and matters related to:

Family & Personal Status

Board of Grievance

Public Order

Bankruptcy

Litigation Proceedings

What are the judicial fee rates?

The Court will determine the Judicial Fee as follows:

Debt Recovery Claims

UP TO %5

with a cap of SAR1,000,000 payable by the losing party

Arbitration Award Annulment

UP TO %1

with a cap of SAR1,000,000 payable by the Applicant in case of claim dismissal

Major Applications

SAR10,000

Against each application or request for permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court and petitions to review a decision.

Minor Applications

SAR1,000

Against each application made by an ‘interested party’ for copies of documents or court records

No Additional Payments

No additional fee will be payable where:

when are judicial fees refunded?

The entirety of the fees shall be refunded in the following events: 

Before First Hearing

%100 OFF

In case of settlement before the first hearing, the fees shall be refunded in full (if paid).

Within First Hearing

%100 OFF

In case of settlement before the judge during first hearing, the fees shall be refunded in full (if paid).

Before Judgement

%75 OFF

In case of settlement after the first hearing and before the judgment, the fees shall be discounted to 25 percent of the judicial fees and the balance shall be refunded (if paid)

After Judgment

%100 OFF

In case of a decision or judgment rendered in favor of the applicant or appellant, the judicial fees shall be refunded in full (if paid).

Civil Claims Associated with criminal proceedings

%100 OFF

In case of the settlement of civil claims raised alongside criminal proceedings regardless of the stage of the case, the judicial fees shall be refunded in full (if paid).

Partial Success

PRO RATA

In the case of partial success on appeal, fees will be refunded on a pro rata basis. 

Who is Exempted from Judicial Fees?

There will be no judicial fee imposed on Parties involved in the following:

are there alternative solutions?

Saudi Arabia has been recently encouraging parties involved in a dispute to recourse to the ordinary judicial system as the last option. Accordingly, Saudi Arabia has adopted and promoted a number of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) means. We would like to preview the most common ADR means that are as legal and efficient as the ordinary judicial system as follow:

Conciliation (Solh) System

Conciliation is among the most important means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

This initiative aims to achieve a major development in providing conciliation services, so that it becomes the socially and economically preferred option for settling various disputes (financial, family, commercial, construction, real property, banking, medical, etc.), by building an integrated system for disseminating the conciliation culture among both natural and legal persons, for various cases and at all stages of the relationship.

Negotiation

Negotiation is among the most important means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Negotiation is a dialogue between two or more people or parties intended to reach a beneficial outcome over one or more issues where a conflict exists with respect to at least one of these issues.

Mediation

Mediation is among the most common means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Mediation is a structured, interactive process where an impartial third party assists disputing parties in resolving conflict through the use of specialized communication and negotiation techniques. All participants in mediation are encouraged to actively participate in the process.

Saudi Arabia has ratified the United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation – a mechanism for enforcing mediated settlement agreements in signatory states – and enacted the Commercial Courts Law, which introduced several new measures to improve the efficiency of the judicial system, including making certain claims subject to court-mandated conciliation or mediation.

Arbitration

Arbitration is among the most common means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR).

Arbitration is a procedure in which a dispute is submitted, by agreement of the parties, to one or more arbitrators who make a binding decision on the dispute. In choosing arbitration, the parties opt for a private dispute resolution procedure instead of going to court.

The 2012 Arbitration Law and 2012 Enforcement Law (and corresponding executive regulations for such laws), as well as the opening of the Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration in 2016, are well-publicized measures that have already been taken towards achieving that goal.

Conclusions

For decades, no court fees were payable in Saudi litigation. This may have resulted in many vexatious claims or a party bringing repeated claims to pressure its counterparty. The introduction of court fees will make parties think long and hard before commencing claims that have little merit and will hopefully encourage more parties to resolve their disputes out of court. The idea of accepting this type of fee may not be easy for some people, but we believe as a team who see the corridors of courts as homes that they will greatly improve the case flow mechanism, will improve the services provided, and will greatly speed up the litigation procedures that currently take a long time due to the number of lawsuits submitted every day.

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Nitaqat Scheme Update

Nitaqat Scheme Update

Overview

Relying on Knowledge Pioneers Law Firm’s sharp focus on most recent legal updates, we are pleased to share with our esteemed clients and business network this highly important business-related legislative amendment. Corporate Practice and Compliance Practice Departments at Pioneers who are pleased to hereby present you highlights and hints on the recent legal update pertaining to Saudi Nationalization Scheme; i.e. Nitaqat Scheme (“Nitaqat”) supported by practical examples, expected issues, and productive solutions.

On 29/3/1441H, corresponding to Oct. 26th, 2019, H.H. Ahmed Bin Salman, ex officio as the Minister of Labor And Social Development issued a ministerial decree number (63717) (the “Decree”). Yet, before addressing complex legal consequences, we would rather checklist a few concepts and basics, right as follows:

What is Nitaqat (نطاقات), a.k.a. Saudi Nationalization Scheme?

officially known as the Saudi nationalization scheme, or Saudization is the most recent policy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia implemented by its Ministry of Labor and Social Development, whereby Saudi companies and enterprises are required to fill up their workforce with Saudi nationals up to certain levels.

As part of the Saudi Vision 2030’s reforms, announced in 2016, reducing the number of unemployed Saudi nationals is a key element of the plan. Previously the private sector was largely dominated by expatriate workers from Pakistan, India, the Philippines, and Arab countries such as Lebanon or Egypt.

In its beginning, Nitaqat categorized companies that undertake projects, especially public ones, in Saudi Arabia into three (3) zones; green, yellow, and red.

Under certain standards and requirements, every single company shall be located and might be relocated in a zone where such a company shall be subject to certain consequences. It is noteworthy that the yellow and red zones are specified for companies that have failed to achieve the required Saudization percentage. They are also known as the “unsafe Nitaqat” and such firms are denied full access to the ministry’s services.

Who is involved?

At large, all companies incorporated and organized by Saudi laws are subject to the Decree. However, it mainly confronts companies currently located in Nitaqat yellow zone who will be relocated into the red zone and hold responsibilities for such relocation unless they have positively reacted in a manner compliant with the Decree.

In other words, the ministry’s services are restricted to firms that are in Green Zone and above and that contribute effectively to employing Saudis.

Why is it so important?

This decision aims to stimulate firms in this zone to move to the Green Zone and above, leading to raising their Saudization percentage.

Conclusions

The Ministerial Decree has clearly drawn the road map in this arena of Vision 2030. It was issued in the continuity of the already existing Saudization major plan where the regime extensively strives to provide more job opportunities to Saudi young men and women.

In conclusion, we highly recommend our business network members to take all necessary action to comply with the Ministerial Decree on or before Jan. 26, 2020 corresponding to 01/06/1441H.

Our Corporate Compliance team regularly advises on laws and regulations impacting the business flow and law-compliance issues in the corporate sector.

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Labor Calculator

Labor EOSB Calculator​

New Labor Benefits Calculator is LIVE in #Saudi_Arabia.

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What is EOSB?

End of Service Benefits (EOSB) is a major labor right, that an employer is committed to once an employment contract has come to an end. The employer is legally bound by the Saudi legislator to pay EOSB to the employee once the employment contract is over, regardless of the fact that the employment was a definite or indefinite term contract.

Therefore, Ministry of Justice (MOJ) launched the new service, “Labor Calculator” in order to facilitate how due labor rights can be calculated in accordance with labor law and its executive regulations.

Labor EOSB Calculator Objectives

Labor EOSB Calculator Requirements

In the course of obtaining the most accurate outcomes of Labor Calculator, the user shall take into consideration the following data:

How to access Labor EOSB Calculator?

MOJ has managed to make the Labor Calculator easily accessible by all parties involved in an employment relationship that is subject to the Saudi Labor Law; either they are nationals or expatriates.

In order to access the Labor Calculator, the user should follow the steps below:

  1. Visit MOJ website: www.moj.gov.sa
  2. Search within “Electronic Services” tab for “Labor Calculator” service
  3. Click on “Go to the service page” button where the Labor Calculator is located at: https://portaleservices.moj.gov.sa/LaborCalculator/LaborCalculator.aspx
  4. Fill out the data set forth

What makes Labor EOSB so different?

The most important features that distinguish the Labor EOSB Calculator service from the traditional methods used in the past are:

Conclusion

In conclusion, we believe the launch of the Labor Calculator is a huge leap in employment relationship management and labor dispute settlement in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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Expansion of Labor Courts Jurisdiction

Expansion of Labor Courts Jurisdiction

Overview

On this 06/09/1442H [17/4/2021], a resolution of the Supreme Council of Judiciary number (1747/T), that concluded the following:

First: The competence of the labor courts to hear cases related to a request to expand the scope of health insurance services for the insured; As stipulated in the employment contract or the internal regulation of the facility.

Second: The competence of the labor courts to hear cases related to a request for compensation for lack of health insurance.

In addition to the above, we would like to share the advice of Knowledge Pioneer Employment Practice consultants to take the necessary measures to maintain the application of the health insurance policy to esteemed facilities employees where health insurance should be expressly included in both current and future employment contracts and the internal regulations of the facility, if possible. Prompt updates of employment contracts will indeed protect facilities’ interests and avoid the long term of litigation and judicial obligation and, accordingly, reimbursing employees who are not covered by valid health insurance in the event of their resort to the judiciary.

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