Bill ensures women will be on judicial selection panel

December 3, 2013 18:26

At least four women will be on the Judicial Selection Committee, according to a bill authorized by the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee for its first reading Monday.

The legislation proposed by MKs Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) and Zehava Gal-On (Meretz), requires at least four of nine members of the committee to be female. 

The committee currently consists of three Supreme Court justices, including the Supreme Court President, the Justice Minister, another minister, two MKs and two Bar Association representatives and the new bill mandates that one person in each category to be a woman.

"It's important that the group of people who design the face of our courts include women," Lavie said. She pointed out that a law she proposed requiring the same of committees to appoint religious judges passed earlier this year.

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