Qatar to construct new court complex, improve prison facilities

Qatar’s Supreme Judiciary Council plans to relocate its headquarters from Al Rayyan Road to a new as-yet undisclosed location that will house all of the country’s courts, an official has announced.

The court complex is expected to cost more than $41.2 million (QR150 million) building and will be built in the next five years, said Abdulaziz Alshiekh, director of SJC’s administrative and financial affairs division.

Equipped with several courtrooms, modern equipment and an extensive legal library, SJC’s current digs, located across from Women’s Hospital, are not lacking in style. 

But the building currently only houses the Court of Cassation and the Court of Appeal, as well as some family courts. Perhaps the hope is that bringing all of the courts under one roof will improve efficiencies and make navigating Qatar’s legal system a little less confusing.

Separately, Qatar is expanding its prison facilities to include a room for Internet surfing and chatting, Gulf Times reports.

The country is also constructing two new buildings that, once completed, will be able to hold an additional 200 prisoners.

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