New overseer of Justice Ministry files her first report

Hila Gristol, the Justice Ministry’s first head of a department overseeing and critiquing 3,417 state prosecutors’ and advisory lawyers’ decisions, was set to publish early Monday her first report summarizing her efforts.
Gristol on Sunday sent the report to Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, who has some powers over her division and was involved in appointing her.
The new oversight czar described difficulties in evaluating the performance of prosecutors during her first year, as the prosecutors united against the oversight and went on strike against cooperating with her department.
Gristol then tried to minimize the impact of the strike, saying that heads of district attorneys’ offices and attorneys from the national litigation department had cooperated with her and provided her with most of the information she needed.
The report focuses on the period from April 1, 2014, the day Gristol’s department opened, to December 31, 2014.
The report said that while most of her department is up and running, she is still in the process of hiring and building the department, which she hopes to be finished with “in the coming months.”
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