New Lod District Court 370.
(photo credit: Yonah Jeremy Bob)
The courts formally inaugurated the opening of the new Lod District Court for
the central region on Tuesday.
Attending the ceremony were Justice
Minister Yaakov Neeman, Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, State Comptroller
Yosef Shapira, many of the country’s leading judges, and other high-ranking
officials in the court system.
“When you compare this building to other
buildings, the gap is huge,” said Grunis.
He added that a new courthouse
had recently gone up in Kiryat Shmona and that he hoped to see new buildings
constructed soon in Ashkelon and Ashdod.
He encouraged the judges “to
continue to do great work.”
Neeman said that the new courthouse should
aid in the government’s push to revitalize Lod and restore it to its former
greatness – a reference to a passage in the Babylonian Talmud that suggests
great judges can be found in Lod.
The new court in Lod formally replaces
the temporary one in Petah Tikva that had served as the seat of the central
region’s courts for five years before the Lod building was complete.
the Petah Tikva site and the now-permanent Lod site were part of an effort to
make the central region a separate court district from the Tel Aviv District, of
which the central region was a part until recently.
minister Daniel Friedmann signed the order five years ago to establish the new
court in Lod.
The building opened its courtrooms to addressing legal
disputes on September 2, and there was a brief ribboncutting ceremony that day,
but its formal opening was celebrated Tuesday.
The ceremony also included
a musical performance by eight-to-13-year-old children from a Lod school, which
represented the city’s multiracial spectrum.
While there are numerous
magistrate-level courts around the country, the new court is one of only six
district-level courts throughout the nation.
The move to Lod was also
part of a broader government program to try to rebuild and pour resources into
According to media sources, the building has cost the state NIS
75.5 million so far, with at least another NIS 7m. already expected to be spent
over the next 20 years. It covers 10,000 square meters and rises to a height of
Reports also said the courthouse includes 24
Although that sounds like a lot, the courthouse will be
crowded, as it must house 29 judges, though some of them sometimes sit on