Judicial sources in Saudi Arabia have confirmed the labour courts which were established a couple of months ago have issued a number of rulings in absentia against companies who don’t turn up to court hearings. The sources said these companies failed to turn up to hearings even though they have been property notified electronically. Most of the rulings issued in absentia cannot be appealed because they are related to small cases worth less than 20,000 Riyals. The source added these cases would previously have been postponed if the company didn’t attend the hearing. Cases which are subject to this procedure include requests for certificates of services, requests for documents and records related to labourers and held by an employer. They also include objections against decisions issued by residential service committees and complaints against employers and employees against decisions issued by social security institutions.