RIYADH  - Women lawyers in Saudi Arabia will be be allowed to plead cases in court for the first time, according to a justice ministry directive published by Al-Watan daily. The ruling, which will take effect at the beginning of next month after the end of the four-day feast of Eidul Azha in late Oct, will apply to all women who have a law degree and who have spent at least three years working in a lawyer's office. "This is a decision we have awaited for a long time," a law graduate Mona Belabid was quoted as saying.