S. Court justices to review Basic Law: Legislation

Knesset Speaker Rivlin says if Basic Law passes, it will prevent the establishment of a constitutional court made up of politicians, not judges.

April 22, 2012 19:30
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Israeli Supreme Court 311. (photo credit: REUTERS/FILE)

Supreme Court President Asher D. Grunis plans to bring the current draft of Basic Law: Legislation to his fellow justices for discussion, he told Knesset Speaker Rivlin in a meeting on Sunday.

Rivlin said he would consult with the judiciary during the legislative process for the bill, but reiterated his stance that a basic law that would standardize the relations between the Knesset and the courts is absolutely necessary.

Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman publicized a memorandum including his draft of Basic Law: Legislation, which is based on recommendations by a government-appointed public committee that he headed before he was justice minister. The proposed basic law would establish the authority of the Supreme Court to annul laws – and stipulates that the Knesset can still pass a law even if the court overturned it, in an additional reading with a majority of 65 MKs.

Rivlin presented to Grunis alternative proposals that were submitted to the Knesset in the past 20 years, as well as their advantages and disadvantages.

“Basic Law: Legislation will arrange the relationship between the legislative and judicial branches, and will anchor for the first time the Supreme Court’s authority to supervise the laws of the Knesset,” Rivlin explained.

According to the Knesset Speaker, if the basic law is approved, it will prevent the establishment of a constitutional court made up of politicians, not judges.

In addition, Rivlin said Basic Law: Legislation would prevent clashes between the courts and the Knesset. Grunis and Rivlin plan to meet again during the Knesset’s summer session, to discuss the bill.

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