Two new justices were sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
Shoham and Professor Daphne Barak-Erez were elected to fill two spaces
on the bench following Justice Eliezer Rivlin's retirement and after
Asher Dan Grunis replaced Dorit Beinisch as Supreme Court President when
Beinisch retired. Barak Erez was formerly the Dean of Tel Aviv University Law School and Uri Shoham was formerly a Tel Aviv District Court Judge.
Court President Asher Grunis said the addition of the new justices
completed the human mosaic of the court's makeup in terms of background,
noting that the court now has justices from the justice system, private
law, the public sector and now academia as well.
that the addition of new justices will help the court meet its heavy
workload, but said that finding a solution for the work would require
more creative thinking.
President Shimon Peres said at the
official swearing in ceremony that there should be no tolerance for any
form of violence, and that education on values must be deepened. The state, he added, bears responsibility for giving a legal response to Israel's migrant problem.
Justice Miriam Naor will be sworn in as Supreme Court Deputy President. Rivlin formerly held that post.