Saudi judges have a reputation of being notoriously unpunctual. The Ministry of Justice wants to change that impression. Today, MOJ’s account on Twitter started posting pictures of attendance sheets for some of its employees to show that judges report to the job on time:
نموذج من حضور احد قضاتنا الى مكاتبهم مبكراً twitter.com/MojKsa/status/…
— وزارة العدل (@MojKsa) January 18, 2013
Not everyone is buying it:
— Raf (@RFatani) January 18, 2013
@ahmed its such a provocative act. Thay want us to ignore our personal experiences and believe their sheet….Ha ha ha what a joke.
— Black JAG 330 (@Hammad_AlHabib) January 18, 2013
— N.Alrajhi (@nalrajhi) January 18, 2013
The Saudi judicial system, administered by conservative judges trained in Islamic Sharia, has long been criticized for being vague and lacking some of the basic safeguards of justice. Citizens often complain that cases take years in courts to be resolved due to the small number of judges.
In October 2007 King Abdullah announced a $2 billion project to reform the judiciary, but the plan has faced resistance by the old guard in the system. A shake up of the country’s top judges, announced earlier this week, may help speed up reforms according to lawyers and analysts who spoke to Reuters.