A senior judge who was investigated for allegedly beating his children will return to his duties as a judge at the beginning of next year, however he will not handle criminal cases, Supreme Court President Asher Grunis and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni announced Friday.
The judge took a voluntary leave of absence in February as Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein approved a police request to interrogate him on the beating allegations.Weinstein came under fire at the time for delaying the police investigation of the judge for some three years.
Police said that the evidence of the case warranted an investigation, but the State Attorney's Office decided in May not to charge the judge and he was not relieved of his duties.
Livni and Grunis said Friday that "the judge will return to his duties on January 1, 2014. Let it be noted that the judge will handle civil cases only and will no longer judge any criminal cases, including youth and family cases."