Supreme Court revolution?

Minister Shaked has proposed a new law that seeks to bypass High Court approval of new appointments. Is the face of the Court set to change?

Tal Polon ,

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
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Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, in conjunction with Yisrael Beiteinu MK Robert Ilatov, has proposed a law which would enable the appointment of judges to the Supreme Court - even against the wishes of the current justices themselves, according to a Channel 2 report.

New justices are appointed by the Judicial Selection Committee, comprised of three Supreme Court justices, two Bar Association representatives, two government ministers (including Shaked), and two MKs (including Ilatov). Currently, the appointment of a new justice is contingent on 7 out of 9 members of the Selection Committee being in favor.

The new law proposed by Shaked and Ilatov seeks to bypass the current need for Supreme Court justice approval of a new appointment by enabling new justices to be elected by a simple majority - more than 50% - in the Selection Committee.

According to the report, Shaked is trying to take advantage of a rare situation in which the Selection Committee contains a right-wing majority when government and Bar Association representatives are combined.

The new law comes as four new justices are set to be elected in coming weeks to the Supreme Court - potentially determining the face of the Supreme Court for decades to come.

According to the report, President of the Supreme Court and Selection Committee member Miriam Naor has been notified of said proceedings, as has the Prime Minister, who has not expressed opposition.




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