Dorit Beinish
Photo: Gil Yohanan
Justice Minister Yaakov Ne'eman
Photo: Gil Yohanan

Supreme Court gears for 'battle of the bench'

Israel's top judicial instance readies for Judicial Selection Committee's vote on new judges, chief justice's successor

A legal battle of a different kind: The race for a sit on Israel's Supreme Court is nearing its final stretch as the Judicial Selection Committee announced it will vote on the matter on November 20.


The committee aims to find replacements for the honorable Ayala Procaccia and Edmond Levy, who have retired; and is also set to name the next chief justice of the Supreme Court, as Justice Dorit Beinish will retire in February 2012.


מי יהיו הבאים על כס השופטים בעליון? (צילום: גיל יוחנן) 

The Supreme Court in session (Photo: Gil Yohanan)


The nomination of a Supreme Court judge requires a majority of seven out of the committee's nine members.


Senior legal sources told Ynet that "it is highly likely that Justice Minister Yaakov Ne'eman will have to wield the full power of his office in order to reach a short-list that everyone agrees on.


The current list of Supreme Court nominees includes 20 judges. Introducing any new candidate to the mix would delay the vote by one month.






פרסום ראשון: 10.26.11, 15:53
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