Introduction to the Legal System of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

This article sets out a brief overview of the legal system in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and should be treated only as a general guide and not as legal advice. If you require advice on a matter relating to Saudi Arabian law, you may wish to contact one of the lawyers listed at the end of this article.

Shariah Law -

Shariah law underpins the legal framework of the Kingdom. Shariah law is a set of principles derived from the Quran, the Sunnah (sayings and actions of the Prophet Mohammed) and the works of jurists and Shariah scholars. In addition to Shariah law, the Kingdom’s legal framework includes laws promulgated by Royal Orders and Decrees, various ministerial resolutions and circulars.

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