Officials upset over divorced fathers angry protests
Legal officials look for ways to control recent trend of demonstrations outside private residences of family court judges.
Father and son Photo: Israel Weiss
Top judicial and legal officials met recently to figure out ways to use the law
to exercise greater control over what many officials consider a disturbing trend
of demonstrations outside private residences of family court judges without
Among the top officials were Supreme Court President
Asher D. Grunis, Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, head of the Court
Administration Michael Spitzer and state prosecutor Moshe
According to a court official, there is a growing trend of
disgruntled fathers who have lost custody hearings and then demonstrated or
threatened to demonstrate outside the private residences of the judges who ruled
against them without getting permits from the police.
While the right to
demonstrate is sacred, said the official, all demonstrations need police
permits, and many of these demonstrations have been violating the law in that
The meetings of top officials have focused on being more
meticulous about enforcing rules regarding receiving police permits and
enforcement against those individuals who demonstrate outside judges’ houses
without those permits.
The official denied other media reports that there
was a move to pass new laws to prohibit demonstrating outside judges’ houses
across the board.
Rather, there must be a sense that “with freedom comes
responsibility,” said the official, noting that any democratic government must
find a balance between freedom of expression and assembly and invasion of public
officials’ private space without acquiring the required permits.