Judicial costs

contributing to the efficiency of the justice system

The initiative aims to contribute to the efficiency of the judicial work, the quality of judicial proceedings, and the reduction of vexatious and fictitious actions, which will contribute to the reception of one's right completely and the reduction of case flow, thereby participating in the judicial efficiency and fulfilling immanent justice.
The Initiative develops mechanisms, models and procedures for the payment and electronic administration of litigation costs. This initiative will also prepare operational regulations, link the Ministry with the Central Bank of Saudi Arabia to manage the payment process, and build procedures for the management and recovery of amounts in accordance with the procedures established in the system.

Strategic objectives of the Judicial Costs System

Reducing vexatious and fictitious litigation

Promoting means of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADRs)

Enabling Preventive Justice and Notarial Documentation

Contributing to the efficiency of the justice system

The system has taken into account the preservation of the principle of the right of litigation and access to justice by enabling the applicant to institute his/her case without suspending the payment of costs on the restriction or prosecution of the case.

The value of the judicial costs established for the proceedings and the related applications shall be borne by the loser and, in the event that the claimant is not right in part of his or her claim, the judicial costs shall be borne, partially.

If the case is settled, the conciliators shall bear the judicial costs equally unless otherwise agreed.

The administration of judicial costs


That is to determine the lawsuit or requests value in accordance with the provisions and the executive regulations. When registering the lawsuit or request, the plaintiff or the applicant is to be informed.


The final estimate issued by the Department shall be considered an executive liability and shall be satisfied in accordance with the Regulation.

A person, who is obligated by judicial costs, may object to the assessment within fifteen (15) days from the date of notification, if the conditions stipulated in the executive regulations of the system are fulfilled.

Judicial costs shall be reimbursed when they are found not to be due to their motive or to benefit from an exemption, including:


If judged in favor of the defender of judicial costs.


The judge's or judges' challenge was requested and the request for challenge was granted.


Request for reconsideration (correction) and interpretation of the judgment if the request is granted.


If the appellant's judgment is totally reversed, the appeal shall be exempted from the value of the application, if the judgment is partially reversed, to the extent that the part is exempted, and, if the case is remanded to the court, the challenged judgment.


If the applicant leaves his case prior to the first hearing in accordance with the statutory procedures.


Proceedings that end in reconciliation before the first hearing.


Proceedings relating to special rights brought by association with criminal cases if they end in reconciliation in any case in which the proceedings are brought and the procedures and rules for doing so are set out in the Regulations.