Chief justice pens unusual oped on progress for women in courts

March 8, 2016 19:02

Supreme Court President Miriam Naor on Monday, coinciding with International Women's Day, penned a nearly unprecedented oped in Yediot Ahronot emphasizing women's progress in the legal establishment over recent decades.

The oped was unusual since sitting judges almost never make public comments or write publicly other than in their formal court decisions.

Naor, the second female chief justice that the state has had following Dorit Beinisch, noted that 350, or slightly more than half, of the state's 698 judges are women and that 2,969 of 4,174 employees in the courts are women, including almost two-thirds of top administrators.

She credited Miriam Ben Porath, appointed in 1977 as the first female justice on the Supreme Court, and others like her as "trailblazers" who made her ascension as chief justice appear as if it was "self-evident" and not even controversial.  

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