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Board of Grievances, Saudi Arabia

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[Board of Grievances] image by Olivier Touzeau, 8 November 2020

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The Saudi Board of Grievances (the “Grievance Board”), known in Arabic as Diwan Al Mazalem, was established pursuant to Royal Decree No. M/51, 17 Rajab 1402 [10 May 1982] as an independent administrative judicial committee responsible directly to the King of Saudi Arabia.
Since 2000, Saudi Arabia has embarked on a legislative reform programme and hence the 1982 Decree was abolished and superseded by Royal Decree No. M/78 dated 19/9/1428 H [1 October 2007]. Amongst other things, the Royal Decree 2007 restructured the Grievance Board, returning it to its roots as an administrative tribunal, with jurisdiction over commercial disputes to be transferred to a new Commercial Division of the General Islamic Court.

Under Article 13 of the Royal Decree 2007, Administrative Courts of the Grievance Board have the jurisdiction to decide:
- disputes involving the Saudi Arabian government and government agencies;
- cases for revocation of final administrative decisions;
- tort cases initiated against the administrative authority’s decisions or actions;
- cases related to contracts to which the administrative authority is party;
- disciplinary cases filed by the competent authority;
- other administrative disputes;
- requests for execution of foreign judgments and arbitral awards.

The flag of the Saudi Board of Grievances is white with emblem:

Olivier Touzeau, 8 November 2020