Sa’ar: Top court needs Sephardi justice

Education minister says Supreme Court judiciary should reflect the country’s diverse population.

November 22, 2011 04:55
Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar

Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar_311. (photo credit: Muki Schwartz)

Education minister Gideon Sa’ar said Monday the Supreme Court judiciary should reflect the country’s diverse population and called for a Sephardi justice to be appointed.

Sa’ar said that since the Judicial Appointments Committee decided to postpone its decision to appoint new justices Sunday, speaking at the Forum of Deputy Mayors in Eilat, the education minister said it was now expected that a Sephardi candidate would be put forward for the Supreme Court judiciary.

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“I am of the opinion that the Supreme Court cannot be without a Sephardi justice,” said Sa’ar. “It is not possible that the new candidates list won’t include a Sephardi judge. [The Supreme Court] is not an institution that is elected, but it certainly should reflect all communities and the diversity of personalities and opinions.”

Since justice Edmund Levi retired in October, there are no Sephardi justices in the Supreme Court.

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