Women Lawyers To Be Allowed in Saudi Arabian Court

February 22, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015
Saudi women cross a street in Hofuf City, Nov. 22, 2007. A law in the works would allow Saudi women lawyers to appear in court for the first time. (Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images)
Saudi women cross a street in Hofuf City, Nov. 22, 2007. A law in the works would allow Saudi women lawyers to appear in court for the first time. (Hassan Ammar/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudi Arabian Justice Minister Mohammed al-Issa, told the press Saturday that a new law is in the works that would allow female lawyers to argue court cases for the first time.

The new law would allow women to argue child custody, divorce, and other family related cases.

Currently, females with law degrees are only permitted to work behind the scenes, where they are separate from males.

Al-Issa said that the new law is part of a plan by the Saudi king "to develop the justice system," according to media reports.