ALIZA LAVIE 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
The Ministerial Committee on Legislation on Sunday approved a proposed law to
ensure “proper representation” of women on the Judicial Appointments
The bill is an initiative of Knesset Advancement of Women
Committee Chairman Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid).
In the bill’s preamble, it
explains that the purpose of the bill is to ensure proper representation of
women for the powerful committee that selects judges by obligating the various
groups that choose committee members to each pick at least one
Lavie said that having female members on the committee was very
important both to fulfill the principle of equality between men and women and to
facilitate women’s unique contribution to the committee itself.
committee consists of nine members, including two government representatives,
two Knesset members, two Israel Bar Association representatives, two supreme
court justices and the president of the Supreme Court.
effectively anchors in legislation that at least four of the nine members will
Recently, certain haredi Knesset members objected to a bill to
add women onto the committee for choosing rabbinical court judges, and one
objection was that the Judicial Appointments Committee had no such requirement,
According to Lavie, the haredi Knesset members said this
unequal application of requiring equality showed that the rabbinical courts’
bill was proposed merely to harm the rabbinical courts.
Lavie stated that
by passing this bill, she and other proponents of the rabbinical courts bill had
answered their detractors’ objection.
She added that, “the bill does not
come to fix an existing injustice, but rather to ensure that even in the future
there will always be female representation on the committee.”
that unlike the committee for selecting rabbinical judges, which has not had
female representation, the Judicial Appointments Committee has had, and the
current bill merely prevents any future political deals from harming the current
state of equality.