'Military judges are not jurists'

Sex-abuse expert Attorney Noga Weisel has low hopes for Elor Azariya's trial. 'Most military judges passed a course - and that's it.'

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Gavel (illustration)
Gavel (illustration)

Attorney Noga Weisel, a legal expert in representing suspects of sex crimes, asserted that Elor Azariya's chance of receiving a fair trial is very low - due to the lack of professionalism on the part of military judges.

In an interview with Arutz Sheva, Weisel asserted that "military judges were not trained as lawyers [...], they don't have knowledge of protocols of judging or proof law; the people sitting there are unprofessional judges."

Weisel explained that this is in contrast to typical judges in civilian courts, who must have at least five years of experience as a lawyer before coming to the bench, "while an army judge can get to that place by transferring his credits from his course in aeronautics of mechanics."

Weisel had a practical prescription to improve the quality of military courts: use reserve judges who are qualified judges in civilian life.

"There are a lot of people in the reserves who have a legitimate legal background, and these are the people that need to be judging in serious cases," she asserted.