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3. Main corporate and commercial laws 

Royal Decree for the Regulation of Companies No. M6 of 1965 (as amended). 
Royal Decree for the Regulation of Commercial Agencies No. 11 of 1962 (as amended).
Implementation Rules for Commercial Agencies Regulations No. 1897 of 1981.

4. The Judicial System

The local Saudi courts who apply Shariah have the jurisdiction to review all matters civil, criminal or personal status. However, the Royal Decree for the Regulation of Companies No. M6 of 1965 (as amended) provided in its Article 232 for the establishment of a Commission for the settlement of of commercial companies disputes. When the jurisdiction of this Commission was later expanded to cover commercial disputes as well, it became known as the Commission for the settlement of commercial disputes. Decisions of the Commission maybe appealed to the special appeals tribunal.

5. The Judiciary

While judges of the local courts are usually appointed by the Ministry of Justice from amongst graduates of recognised Shariah/law colleges, members of the commission for the settlement of disputes are appointed by the Ministry of Trade.  .

6. The Legal Profession

Practising lawyers have to be Saudi nationals licensed by the Ministry of Justice to plead cases in the local courts. However, lawyers practising at the commissions for settlement of disputes are licensed by the Ministry of Trade. While Arab or foreign expatriate lawyers usually serve as legal consultants to Saudi lawyers, some foreign law firms have established associations with Saudi lawyers.

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