High Court refuses petition against 'Grunis Law'

January 17, 2012 12:52


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The High Court of Justice refused a petition against the "Grunis Law" on Tuesday, saying that the petitioners had not showed grounds to demonstrate that the law violated the Basic Laws.

The Grunis Law, passed by Knesset earlier this month, effectively paves the way for Supreme Court Justice Asher Dan Grunis to replace Dorit Beinisch as Supreme Court President after her retirement in February.

An amendment to the existing Courts Law, it lowers the minimum tenure for a Supreme Court president from three to two years and overturns a previous change to the Courts Law initiated in 2007 by then-Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann, which stipulated a justice could only be elected Supreme Court President if he or she could serve a three-year minimum term.

As the retirement age for presidents is 70, this effectively ruled out Grunis, who will be 67 years and 41 days old on the day Beinisch retires. By reducing the minimum term to just two years, the 'Grunis Law' overturns that amendment, and makes Grunis eligible for the Supreme Court presidency.

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