Rabbinic court 370.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee decided on Monday to
increase the number of members on the Rabbinical Courts Appointments Committee
from 10 to 11 and to require that four of them be women.
2012, the High Court of Justice heard a petition criticizing the lack of female
representation on the commission that appoints the judges of the Rabbinical
Court. The petition against the state was filed by Emunah, the movement for
national-religious women, and the Center for Women’s Justice.
response to the petition, the state said that the attorney-general believed that
after the election, the new government should “consider an appropriate level of
female participation” in determining the “new members of the
In light of the great importance of equality of
representation, the state’s response said, the attorney-general recommended that
the Knesset explore legislative possibilities to guarantee more equal
representation of women on the appointment committee.
The state added
that in light of the overall circumstances, then-justice minister Yaakov Neeman
would not pursue any new initiatives to address the issue until the formation of
the next Knesset.
The Knesset Law Committee’s decision on Monday appears
to have fulfilled the implications of the state’s statement to the High Court.
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