Grunis summons judge over 'altered protocols'
Summons comes after ombudsman upholds complaint that Judge Alshech significantly altered protocols of a case.
Judge VARDA ALSHECH Photo: Israel Judicial Branch
A day after Bar Association leaders called for Judge Varda Alshech to be ousted
over an amended protocol, Supreme Court President Asher Dan Grunis on Monday
formally summoned Alshech to a discussion.
A spokesman for Grunis’s
office said the Supreme Court president wished to speak with Alshech to clarify
matters following a decision by Judge Eliezer Goldberg, the ombudsman for
complaints against judges, to uphold a complaint that Alshech substantially
altered the protocols to a case.
The Bar Association filed a complaint
against Alshech in 2011 after a lawyer who had taken part in a hearing before
the judge regarding a company liquidation identified differences between the
protocol he received immediately after the hearing and another copy he received
The meeting between Grunis and Alshech, who is the Tel Aviv
District Court deputy president, will take place in July, immediately upon
Alshech’s return from a sabbatical abroad, Grunis’s office said – although the
exact date of the meeting has not yet been specified.
Attorney Efi Nave,
chairman of the Tel Aviv District Bar Association, praised Grunis’s decision to
summon Alshech for a discussion.
“I respect and congratulate President
Grunis for his speedy response and for listening to the public,” Nave said,
adding that he hoped the Supreme Court president would adopt Judge Goldberg’s
conclusions in upholding the complaint against Alshech.
thousands of lawyers are looking up to the Supreme Court president to strengthen
public confidence in Israel’s judiciary,” Nave added.
On Sunday, Nave and
the chairmen of the country’s four other Bar Association districts gathered for
a rare press conference, calling for Alshech to be ousted.
with Jerusalem chairman Asher Axelrod; Haifa chairmen Yosef Haham; southern
district chairman Danny Alyagon; and northern district chairman attorney Khaled
Zo’abi, said they decided to collaborate because of the importance of the issue.