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Israeli Justice Minister Backs Bill to Block Veto Power of Supreme Court Chief in Appointment of New Judges to Illustrious Body

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Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked is backing a proposed bill to allow the appointment of Supreme Court judges without the approval of Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor.

Shaked’s move comes ahead of the upcoming appointment, by the Judicial Selection Committee, of four new Supreme Court justices.

The Judicial Selection Committee is comprised of four politicians, three Supreme Court justices, including Naor, and two members of the Israel Bar Association. To appoint a judge, a majority of seven out of the nine members of the committee is necessary. Given the number of judges on the committee, the court’s own representatives have a de facto veto in the voting system.

According to the proposed legislation, submitted by MK Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu), a majority of five would suffice to approve an appointment, effectively circumventing the Supreme Court justices’ veto.

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Members of the ruling Likud party and other nationalist factions have been highly critical of the court in the past over allegations that it has encroached on the legislature’s domain by issuing rulings on non-judicial, political issues.

Shaked is from the Jewish Home party, headed by Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

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