Judicial Selection C'tee meets in J'lem

C'tee member Ariel: A judge's political leaning is irrelevant, we will select judicially competent judges.

June 19, 2009 15:43
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Judicial Selection C'tee meets in J'lem

neeman 248.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)


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The Judicial Selection Committee convened in Justice Minister Yaakov Ne'eman's office on Friday morning. During the meeting, committee members discussed the appointment of secondary committees which would filter potential candidates to serve as judges. At the onset of the meeting, MK Uri Ariel (National Union) said the committee was made up of a "winning combination" of individuals. "I will be happy if we succeed in swiftly filling the vacant positions in the justice system." Responding to recent criticism over the committee's composition, Ariel said "the public will judge us by the results of our actions." MK David Rotem (Israel Beiteinu) said that when he was selected to be on the committee "some people thought I had robbed the courts." Rotem said judges should be selected based on their merit and regardless of their political inclination. A judge "should have the courage to pass verdict in accordance with the law," he said. Environment Protection Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) said, "We will select good, valued judges and will relieve some of the load courts are now facing." At the end of the meeting, Erdan said that Ne'eman clarified to committee members that the list of candidates was open and every committee member was welcome to propose the candidates he wished to see appointed. The committee is scheduled to convene again in two weeks. The last meeting was held nine months ago and was unproductive since then-prime minister Ehud Olmert announced his planned resignation a day earlier. Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch then said it was inappropriate to select judges while a transitional government was ruling the country.

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