Expat lawyers in Oman will not be allowed to attend or plead before any Omani court after December 31, the Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs said on Tuesday.
In a statement, the ministry said the decision was taken based on the directives of the Council of Ministers which set the deadline for expat lawyers registered in Oman, including the Supreme Court, to appear before any court in the sultanate.
‘The ministry appreciates the efforts made by non-Omani attorneys and the contribution they have made in order to advance the legal profession in the sultanate. They have contributed to raising the proficiency of the judiciary and the ministry wishes them success.’
Dr Mohammed bin Ibrahim al Zadjali, chairman of Oman Lawyers’ Association, said, “In 2009, Omani lawyers began pleading before the First Instance Courts and proved their capabilities. This decision will provide job opportunities for Omanis. I thank all non-Omani lawyers who have worked over these years in Oman.”
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