Court Ombudsman: Supervisors not to blame for judge’s death

June 27, 2011 14:02


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Courts Ombudsman Supreme Court Justice (ret) Eliezer Goldberg, absolved the heads of the court administration, on Monday, of any wrongdoing surrounding the February suicide of Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court judge Maurice Benatar.

The late judge wrote in a suicide note that one of the things that drove him to kill himself was work overload and Goldberg was asked by Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch and Courts Authority head Judge Moshe Gal to investigate whether he received adequate assistance and support from his supervisors.

In his investigation, Goldberg met with Benatar’s wife and children, his colleagues and friends as well as his supervisors. Goldberg wrote that all the people he spoke with had nothing but good things to say about Benatar, describing his qualities both as a judge and a man.

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