Livni, Barak to discuss naming 3 temporary judges

Supreme Court President Aharon Barak and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni have scheduled to discuss on Wednesday the appointments of three temporary judges to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court has been missing three justices for a long time. That number was expected to rise to four upon Justice Michal Heshin's upcoming retirement, Israel Radio reported. The case-load on the remaining justices has risen and has caused a severe back-logging in the court system. One of the most controversial nominations that has delayed the appointment of new judges was the candidacy of Judge Ruth Gavison whom Barak opposes, but Livni supports. The committee that elects judges has been likewise split on the matter.