Saudi Arabia flag Saudi Arabia: Business Environment

Business law in Saudi Arabia

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
There have been allegations that the rule of law is not regularly upheld in Saudi Arabia, with certain trials falling short of international standards, such as secret trials.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
There have been allegations that foreign nationals do not always enjoy a fully impartial trial in Saudi Arabia. Corruption may exist: foreign companies have reported paying bribes to middlemen and government officials to secure business deals.
The Language of Justice
Recourse to an Interpreter
Having an interpreter is possible. In case of migrant workers, generally the respective consular officials arrange the translation and interpretation.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The main source of the law is Sharia (the Islamic law), and the Quran is the constitution of the country. However the Basic Law that articulates the Government's rights and responsibilities was promulgated by royal decree in 1992. Moreover several secular codes have been introduced, and commercial disputes are handled by special committees. Saudi Arabia is not a member to the ICJ jurisdiction.
Checking National Laws Online
The World Law Guide

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