‘Kuwait’s courts receive more than a million cases annually’

‘Kuwait’s courts receive more than a million cases annually’

KUWAIT CITY, March 30: In an indication of the increase in judicial disputes in the country, informed sources revealed that courts of all kinds receive more than a million cases annually, “at an average of 83,000 cases per month, and 2,740 every day,” reports Al- Qabas daily. The sources told the daily that the judiciary is making tremendous efforts to quickly resolve the increasing disputes, in addition to modernizing the litigation system and accelerating the pace of issuing verdicts in cases, which have increased by 100 percent over 10 years.

The sources indicated that the ease of litigation and the lack of obtaining fees contributed greatly to the increase in cases, as the matter does not always reflect the culture of litigation. Rather, “there is a small percentage of those who want revenge on their opponents, knowing that their cases are lost and the reason is that filing the case for free, unlike some Gulf countries and others

The sources pointed out that there is clear evidence regarding the issue of direct appeals before the constitutional courts, which require 5,000 dinars fee for everyone who wishes to appeal directly without resorting to other courts, indicating that the percentage of those who have appealed before the “constitutional” court since the implementation of the law is very small. If it was free, we would have seen an overcrowding in filing appeals before the Constitutional Court.

In this context, the sources revealed that the plan to Kuwaitize the judiciary has accelerated greatly recently, according to a clear and specific methodology, pointing out that this plan is being implemented seriously now, by giving the opportunity to qualified Kuwaiti graduates of the Faculty of Law after their qualification, as well as enabling more female cadres to work in the judiciary and the public prosecution, and a batch of prosecutors will be accepted soon.

The sources pointed out to Al-Qabas that the transition to Kuwaitization of the judiciary began with the appointment of Kuwaitis in batches to work for the Public Prosecution, as 3 batches are currently being accepted each year, unlike before, when the door was opened once every 3 years. The sources added that the Kuwaitization plan started through the Public Prosecution and the Court of First Instance, but the Kuwaitization of the appeals and cassation circuits is currently facing difficulties and requires a longer time, especially in front of such a large number of cases.

The daily gave a breakdown of cases as 2,740 cases every day,19 thousand cases per week and 83 thousand cases per month The daily added seven steps that have been taken for the smooth functioning of the system — rehabilitation of national cadres to work in the judiciary, acceptance of new batches of prosecutors. appointing more female law graduates in the Public Prosecution office, comprehensive development of the judiciary and public prosecution facilities, developing litigation procedures and eliminating the documentary cycle, an advanced mechanism for settling cases before the courts and reviewing the administrative work system to face the backlog of appeals.

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