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  5/30/2013, Sivan 21, 5773

Knesset Legal Advisor: You Don't Have to Appoint Women


Eyal Ynon, the legal advisor to the Knesset, reminded the Knesset, Thursday, that there is no legal requirement to elect or appoint women to the committees for selecting secular and religious-court judges. A secret vote on the Knesset members who will represent the parliament on these committees is scheduled for Monday.

In a letter circulated by the Rackman Center for the Advancement of Women in the Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, Ynon noted that there are two petitions before the Supreme Court regarding the proper representation of women on the committee to select religious-court judges since women cannot serve in these courts. He also noted the importance of said representation - as directed by the Supreme Court, but said the instructions regarding representation in the Equal Rights for Women Law exempts Knesset members by virtue of their representing the public.