State: Conversions' annulment illegal

Attorney General's Office files brief pertaining to regional rabbinical courts' decision to retroactively annul conversions; says original ruling fundamentally flawed

The Attorney General's Office filed its High Court rebuttal on the matter of conversion annulment Monday, stating that the rabbinical courts' decision to retroactively annul conversions should be made null and void.


The State alleges that "fundamental faults" can be found in the regional rabbinical courts' ruling, as well as in the Great Rabbinical Court's decision to deny several appeals on the conversions' annulment.


The State's brief named lack of due process as one of the main reasons the decision must be overturned.


"No evidence (to support the claim of an ill conversion) was presented and no proper hearing was scheduled… the regional rabbinical court based its decision on various correspondence, despite the fact that the parties were not made privy to them and were not given the chance to refute the allegations."


The lack of due process and failed discovery, said the State, "infringed on the plaintiff's fundamental rights of rebuttal."


The State also claimed that rulings by regional rabbinical courts on conversions have no real standing: "The statements made in these rulings, including those pertaining to conversions preformed by Rabbi Haim Drukman, are general and cannot be applied to people who were not part of the proceedings.


"Furthermore, they cannot be considered binding, neither legally or halachically." 


פרסום ראשון: 02.02.10, 14:31
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