Justice Minister: Judicial reforms aren't anti-democratic

November 16, 2011 19:17


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Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman addressed two controversial judicial reform bills before the Knesset Plenum on Wednesday, rejecting criticism that the bills are anti-democratic.

Neeman criticized Knesset members for, according to him, blowing the nature of the bills out of proportion, saying that the real debate should be in Knesset and not with the media.

He said that the issue of the judicial bills has become a tool for the primaries, adding he was "truly ashamed that MKs are engaging in a practice like this."

Speaking about the so-called "Grunis Bill," which would shorten the minimum tenure of the Supreme Court president from three to two years, Neeman said that even if the bill passed, it wouldn't be the first time a Supreme Court president has served for less than three years.

"In the past presidents were appointed to the Supreme Court for less than 3-year terms, such as Justice [Moshe] Landau, blessed be his memory," Neeman said.

Landau served a two year term between 1980 and 1982.

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