SAUDI ARABIA

Women with notarization licenses take up challenges

July 09, 2018

Saudi Gazette report

RIYADH
— Saudi women are obtaining notarization licenses to work in private notary departments at the Ministry of Justice. A demanding profession that has its daily challenges, those women working inside notary departments are accepting the daily challenge and pressure.

“Since this is the first time women pursue and accept this profession, we are excited about this new challenge and willing to show our hard work and commitment”, says a recently licensed woman at a private notary. “We are the first to join this busy profession, but we expect many women to join us soon.”

She said: “There is so much to learn, issuing and canceling power of attorneys, notarizing documents and other legal services we offer help us learn and understand the legal system.”

According to the Ministry of Justice, private notaries can issue and cancel powers of attorney (PoAs), and notarize corporate charters and property conveyances. Their private offices work in the morning and evening, seven days a week, using an integrated digital system.

Licensed private notaries total more than 13,000, and the Ministry of Justice announced its plans to continue granting licenses while observing the quality of services provided, the ministry said.

Recent statistics published by Ministry of Justice shows that private notaries have issued around 30,000 PoAs, canceled 272 PoAs, and certified around 3,000 corporate charters since the service was launched in February 2017.

The PoAs and corporate charters certified by private notaries are accepted by all government departments and judicial entities, the ministry said.

“The private notarization service is one of the ministry’s NTP 2020 initiatives, aiming at enhancing notarial efficiency for individuals and companies by involving the private sector. This will bring about more privatization of justice services and boost the national economy in accordance with Saudi Vision 2030,” the ministry explained.


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