Independence of Israel’s Supreme Court at stake, jurists warn chief justice

15.11.2011                      18.Cheschwan. 5772

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Independence of Israel's Supreme Court at stake, jurists warn chief justice

Judicial appointments Committee is due to meet on Sunday to discuss deal to appoint three new justices.

An emerging deal for the appointment of three new Supreme Court justices threatens to undermine the court's independence, a group of jurists warned Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch this week.
The Judicial Appointments Committee is due to meet on Sunday to discuss the appointments, and it seemed a deal had been reached to promote Jerusalem District Court Judge Noam Sohlberg, who is favored by Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and other panel members aligned with him, along with Jerusalem District Court Deputy President Zvi Zylbertal, who is favored by Beinisch and other panel members aligned with her. The third slot was expected to go to Tel Aviv District Court President Dvora Berliner, who is apparently acceptable to both factions….