On Monday, December 23, the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Justice set 18 years as the minimum age for marriage, as it prohibits marriage of persons under 18.
According to a report by the Saudi Gazette, the Minister of Justice and Chairman of the Supreme Judicial Council Sheikh Dr. Walid Al-Samaani on Monday issued a circular to all courts, stressing the banning of marriage for persons under 18 years.
Mr Al-Samaani’s directives are based on paragraph 16/3 of the executive regulations of the Child Protection Law.
The law says:
“Before conducting marriage contracts one has to make sure that marrying a person under the age of 18 will not harm him or her and achieve their best interests, male or female.”