RIYADH (AFP) Saudi Arabia could soon allow women lawyers to appear in court, though apparently only representing other women, the countrys justice minister said in comments published on Sunday. Justice Minister Mohammed al-Issa said the ministry is drafting new rules to permit female lawyers to argue family cases, which could be passed soon, Saudi newspapers reported. The women would be able to represent women in marriage, divorce, custody and other family cases, the newspapers said. Female lawyers in the kingdom can currently work only inside the womens sections of law and government offices, where they do not come into contact with men. All judges in the kingdom are male religious clerics. As part of ongoing judicial reforms, the Saudi government is developing a network of specialised courts, including personal status or family courts, where the women lawyers would be allowed to practice.