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‘Community service’ to replace imprisonment in new legislation

The new law proposes alternative procedures for individuals sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding two months.

  • The Alternative Procedures and Penalties Law aims to socially benefit convicts who receive misdemeanor sentences, particularly those related to traffic, municipal, visual, audio, print, and publishing offenses.

Dr. Mohammed Al-Wasmi, the Minister of Justice and Minister of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, disclosed that a law known as the Alternative Procedures and Penalties Law is currently under development for approval. This law aims to introduce alternative penalties to imprisonment for certain misdemeanor cases, Al Qabas newspaper reported.

Al-Wasmi stated in a special statement to Al-Qabas newspaper that this law proposes alternative procedures for individuals sentenced to imprisonment not exceeding two months. It suggests replacing the sentence with community service aimed at deterring imprisonment, under judicial supervision and discretion, allowing flexibility in determining the alternative sentence and its approval.

Al-Wasmi added that this project aims to socially benefit convicts who receive misdemeanor sentences, particularly those related to traffic, municipal, visual, audio, print, and publishing offenses.

Enhancing operational efficiency in judicial facilities

On the other hand, minister Al-Wasmi confirmed that the Public Prosecution is expanding its intake of new prosecutors to enhance operational efficiency in judicial facilities, especially in cases involving prosecutor transfers to courts. This initiative aims to expedite case judgments and prevent case backlogs.

Al-Wasmi emphasized that government priorities include supporting the judiciary, streamlining litigation processes, and approving a series of regulations. A specific remote litigation project for testing effectiveness on certain case types is in development and will gradually roll out to courts. This initiative will require assistant judges and coordinated training courses between the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Judicial Council to ensure its integrity and quality implementation.

Eco-friendly mosques

Regarding the independence of the judiciary, Minister Dr. Muhammad Al-Wasmi stated, “We aim to create a conducive environment for judges, implement professional methods to enhance their working conditions, and assist them in efficiently resolving cases and applying laws without obstacles.”

Concerning the mosque sector within the Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs, Al-Wasmi revealed that the ministry is progressing towards constructing environmentally friendly mosques with sustainable economic practices for electricity and water. These mosques will have consistent architectural designs. He mentioned the establishment of a committee comprising construction specialists, builders, and designers tasked with finalizing the mosque designs and constructing them in new areas.





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