Court: Judges Election C'tee doesn't need to publicize deliberations

The Judges Election Committee will not have to publish transcripts of its deliberations according to a decision handed down Monday by the High Court of Justice. The High Court rejected a petition filed by the Legal Forum for the Land of Israel calling on it to nullify Article 15 of the judicial rules dealing with the work procedures of the committee. Originally, Article 15 stated that all the proceedings of the Judges Election Committee were to be classified and only the names of those chosen for judicial positions could be released. After the petition was filed, the committee changed the article to allow the transcripts of meetings not dealing with candidates or the contents of questionnaires filled out by candidates to be published.