Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has registered its first female trainee advocate, paving the way for women to practise as lawyers in the kingdom where strict Islamic law applies, a rights activist has said.
Along with the announcement, rights activist Walid Abul Khair also posted on his Twitter account a copy of the Justice Ministry`s certificate of Arwa Al Hujaili`s registration, reports Gulf News.
The ministry`s move will boost the status of women in the ultra-conservative kingdom, where females need the consent of their male guardians in most legal procedures.
Women are also banned from driving and have to cover from head to toe when in public. In October, the ministry said women lawyers would be allowed to plead cases in court starting November 2012. But the promise did not materialise.