Beinisch: Bill to limit judges terms superfluous

June 11, 2007 16:04

The bill to limit the terms of presiding judges and their deputies to seven years is "superfluous" said Supreme Court Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch Monday. "I find it difficult to understand the purpose of the proposed law," Beinisch wrote to Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann. Friedmann, who penned the bill, called it an "initiative to strengthen the justice system and ensure the independence of court presidents during their terms." Others, however, see it as another blow to the High Court by the new minister. There are currently no limits on the terms of the Supreme Court's chief and deputy justices. The bill would limit to a maximum of seven years the terms of court presidents and their deputies.

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