The Cabinet on Sunday unanimously approved Hila Gristol to be the first-ever
inspector of the state’s prosecutorial apparatus along with all of the enormous
power and responsibility that post will carry.
Until the appointment,
Gristol served as Jerusalem District Court president and was recommended for the
position by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni upon the recommendation by a committee
headed by Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein.
Establishing the new and
powerful oversight body has been debated and fought over for years, and only
recently achieved consensus.
Those in favor of the oversight department
that Gristol will head say the prosecution does not crack down or correct its
own errors and needs an outside body to do so.
Those who opposed the
oversight body have expressed concerns that it would be used by politicians to
intimidate the prosecution from pursuing public corruption cases.
statement issued by Livni’s office said the oversight body was immediately open
to receiving complaints against the prosecution, including its civil and
The statement also said that the body would
conduct organization-wide and systematic reviews of prosecutors’ conduct,
transparency, ethics, efficiency and their proper implementation of state
It added that the body will submit yearly and other periodic
reports on a variety of issues besides checking specific complaints.
the same time, the statement said the oversight body would not impinge on the
independence or professional discretion of the prosecution so it can continue to
properly fulfill its duties.
The goal of the new body, noted the
statement, is to strengthen both the prosecution itself and the public’s faith
in the prosecution.