Ministry of Legal Affairs (Oman)

Sultanate of Oman
Ministry of Legal Affairs
وزارة الشؤون القانونية
Agency overview
Formed 1994
Minister responsible

The Ministry of Legal Affairs (MOLA) (Arabic: وزراة الشؤون القانونية) is the governmental body in the Sultanate of Oman that is responsible for drafting legislation and providing other government bodies with legal advice. It is a distinct body from the Ministry of Justice and the Public Prosecution.

The Minister of Legal Affairs is Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Said Al Saeedi[1] and the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Legal Affairs is Yahya bin Nasser bin Mansoor Al Khusaibi.[2]


The Ministry of Legal Affairs was founded in 1994 by Royal Decree 2/94.

Former Ministers

The first Minister of the Ministry of Legal Affairs was Mohammed bin Ali bin Nasser Al-Alawi who was appointed in 1994 by Royal Decree No 2/94 and remained as minister until March 6, 2011.


The competences of MOLA are specified in Royal Decree 14/94.[3] Its main functions include:


MOLA has three General Directorates:

The General Directorate of Legal Affairs is the core department of MOLA and the one responsible for carrying out its legal functions, it is also divided into three Directorates:


MOLA issues the following publications:

Annual Law Volumes and Legal Opinion Books are available as CD applications in addition to their hard copy editions.

The Minister of Legal Affairs is required by law to undertake the following roles:


  1. "Cabinet of Ministers". Archived from the original on 2011-02-12.
  2. "Appointment of an Undersecretary For The Ministry of Legal Affairs" (PDF). Royal Decree 71/2009. Ministry of Legal Affairs. Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  3. "English Translation of Royal Deree 14/94". Ministry of Legal Affairs. Archived from the original on 2011-02-12.
  4. Appointing The Minister of State for Legal Affairs as a Member in Certain Councils and Committees, Royal Decree No 18/94, issued on January 11, 1994.
  5. Article 3 of the Basic Statute of the Oman Chartable Organization, Royal Decree No 6/86, issued on January 9, 1996, published in issue no. 567 of the Official Gazette.
  6. "Board of Directors of the Oman Charitable Organization". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  7. Article 7 of the Regulations of the College of Sharia Sciences, Royal Decree No 35/2014, issued on July 19, 2014, published in issue no. 1064 of the Official Gazette.
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