Haredim urge broader jurisdiction for rabbinical courts

Senior haredi figures called for the expansion of the rabbinical courts’ authority in Israel, at an annual rabbinical conference on Tuesday organized by the World Center of Torah Law.
Hundreds of rabbis and rabbinical judges gathered in Jerusalem for the event, including Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, senior haredi MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) and both chief rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger.
Gafni delivered the opening speech of the conference Monday night, and drew attention to the failure of haredi political parties to pass a law giving rabbinical courts authority to deal with cases pertaining to monetary and property law.
Rabbinical courts in Israel are currently only authorized to deal with issues of marriage and divorce and certain other matters relating to personal status. At present, only civil courts can rule on issues of monetary and property law.