Education minister: Supreme Court needs Sephardi justices

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November 21, 2011 13:37
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Education minister Gideon Sa'ar said on Monday that 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 on Sunday, a Sephardi justice should be among the new list of candidates put forward for a future selection.

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.

"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 Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levi retired in October, there are no Sephardi justices on the  Supreme Court bench. In past weeks, there have been growing calls from both politicians and NGOs for a judge of Sephardi origin to be included on the list of candidates for the Supreme Court judiciary..

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