2 new justices sworn in to Supreme Court

Uri Shoham and Professor Daphna Barak-Erez replace outgoing justice Asher Grunis and Eliezer Rivlin.

Israeli Supreme Court 311 (photo credit: REUTERS/FILE)
Israeli Supreme Court 311
(photo credit: REUTERS/FILE)
Two new justices were sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday.
Uri Shoham and Professor Daphne Barak-Erez were elected to fill two spaces on the bench following Justice Eliezer Rivlin's retirement and after Asher Dan Grunis replaced Dorit Beinisch as Supreme Court President when Beinisch retired. Barak Erez was formerly the Dean of Tel Aviv University Law School and Uri Shoham was formerly a Tel Aviv District Court Judge.
Supreme Court President Asher Grunis said the addition of the new justices completed the human mosaic of the court's makeup in terms of background, noting that the court now has justices from the justice system, private law, the public sector and now academia as well.
Grunis added that the addition of new justices will help the court meet its heavy workload, but said that finding a solution for the work would require more creative thinking.
President Shimon Peres said at the official swearing in ceremony that there should be no tolerance for any form of violence, and that education on values must be deepened. The state, he added, bears responsibility for giving a legal response to Israel's migrant problem.
Justice Miriam Naor will be sworn in as Supreme Court Deputy President. Rivlin formerly held that post.