Knesset Committee to examine Transparency Law for courts

New law would allow recording, broadcasting, of court sessions. 'It's time Israel move forward on issue of transparency,' Shaked says.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Ayelet Shaked
Ayelet Shaked
Hezki Baruch

The Knesset's Ministerial Committee for Legislation will vote Sunday on the Transparency Law, which would allow the recording, videoing, photographing, and broadcasting of discussions which take place in Israeli courts.

Former Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) said, "The public's trust in the court system has been on a continuous downward trend. One of the main reasons for this is the lack of transparency. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and the public's trust is built partly on the transparency of government institutions."

"As Justice Minister as well, I advanced a change from typing discussions to recording them. It is a long process that the courts' management is currently leading.

"It's time that the State of Israel, as a Western country, move forward on the issue of transparency to the public, and allow its citizens to watch and to remain updated regarding what happens within the walls of the court. Most of the discussions are open to the public, and therefore we should make them accessible even to those who are unable to physically arrive at the court.

"The public has a right to know and to be a part of the process of making decisions which are an integral part of the public's daily routine."