Courts no­tify lit­i­gants by SMS and email


JED­DAH: The Min­istry of Jus­tice on Sun­day of­fi­cially started to im­ple­ment the royal de­cree to use dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tion for ju­di­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tions.

Waleed Al-Sa­maani, the jus­tice min­is­ter and chair­man of the Supreme Ju­di­cial Coun­cil, or­dered the im­ple­men­ta­tion af­ter the e-no­ti­fi­ca­tion con­trols had been pub­lished in the of­fi­cial “Umm Al-Qura” news­pa­per last Friday.

The min­istry said in a press state­ment that e-no­ti­fi­ca­tion was con­sid­ered pro­duc­tive for le­gal com­mu­ni­ca­tion in three cases. The first was no­ti­fi­ca­tion with an SMS sent to a phone num­ber ver­i­fied by the com­pe­tent author­ity.

The sec­ond case was no­ti­fi­ca­tion on the nat­u­ral or le­gal per­son’s email address when the address be­longed to the per­son, had been in­cluded in a con­tract be­tween the par­ties, had been men­tioned on the per­son’s web­site or has been ver­i­fied by a gov­ern­ment en­tity. The third case was no­ti­fi­ca­tion via an ac­count reg­is­tered on any of the gov­ern­ment-au­to­mated sys­tems.

The min­istry said that — in ad­di­tion to the data re­quired for the no­tice and claim state­ment — the ID card or com­mer­cial reg­is­tra­tion num­ber of the de­fen­dant, ex­e­cu­tion debtor or those be­ing no­ti­fied would also be in­cluded, and they would have to pro­vide such data.

The of­fi­cial im­ple­men­ta­tion comes at a time when some ju­di­cial pan­els, such as those of com­mer­cial courts, have started ap­ply­ing it and linked it to the min­istry’s dig­i­tal sys­tems, in ad­di­tion to the tra­di­tional no­ti­fi­ca­tion means, in­clud­ing process servers and Saudi Post.

Ear­lier,King Sal­man had is­sued a royal de­cree ap­prov­ing ju­di­cial e-no­ti­fi­ca­tions — via SMSs on ver­i­fied phone num­bers, emails and ac­counts reg­is­tered on gov­ern­ment au­to­mated sys­tems — as valid and ef­fec­tive no­ti­fi­ca­tions, the same as other means tra­di­tion­ally rec­og­nized by law.

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