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  12/12/2011, Kislev 16, 5772

Court Reform to Knesset


A bill to give courts discretion to tailor punishments in criminal cases was approved by the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee, Monday, for votes on its final readings in the full Knesset. The bill will take the circumstances of the case into consideration, as well as facts relating to the victim and the accused.

In developing criteria for determining punishment, the committee held 23 in-depth hearings since 2006, taking input from experts in various aspects of criminal law. Committee Chairman David Rotem called the proposal revolutionary, adding that it will add to consistency in the courts.