For the first time in almost five years, new judges were appointed on Friday morning to the 12 regional rabbinical courts, a step that is hoped will alleviate the heavy backlog of cases.
Twenty-two judges were finally appointed by the 11-member selection committee after a marathon 16-hour session, seven from the Sephardi haredi sector, seven from the Ashkenazi haredi sector and eight from the national- religious sector.
The haredi representatives, however, vetoed three national- religious candidates whom the liberal members of the committee had at the outset been insistent upon appointing, owing to the candidates’ more progressive opinions within Jewish law, their association with the Tzohar rabbinical organization, and other aspects of their résumés that did not endear them to the haredi political leadership.
There were 24 positions available on the courts, and although Shas had only wanted to appoint a total of 15, it was ultimately agreed to appoint 22.
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