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  4/22/2012, Nisan 30, 5772

Rivlin and Grunis Meet on Basic Supreme Court Law


Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin and President Asher Grunis of the High Court of Justice met, Sunday, to discuss a proposed basic law for the Supreme Court and other aspects of the relationship between the court and the Knesset, against the backdrop of a recent move to give the Knesset the power to override High Court vetoes.

Rivlin presented various alternatives that have been introduced in the last 20 years and discussed difficulties that could arise if a basic law is not enacted. He said that by defining the court's authority to check the legislative branch, such a law can prevent the appointment of politicians to a constitutional court instead of judges. Rivlin added that recent experience showed that the boundaries between the two branches of government had to be established to avoid clashes between the two. Ahead of more meetings between the two, he said the court should have input into the basic law. Grunis said he would show the draft legislation to his fellow justices.