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Asher Grunis Appointed Supreme Court President

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Judge Asher Grunis was appointed on Friday to be the Supreme Court’s new Chief Justice, replacing outgoing president Dorit Beinisch who retires this month. Grunis first became a judge in 1988, and was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2003.

The Knesset recently passed legislation called the “Grunis Law” which permitted Grunis to be named the Chief Justice. The law previously did not allow judges to become the court’s president if they were within 3 years of their 70th birthday. Grunis was born in 1945. The “Grunis Law” was introduced by Yaakov “Katzele” Katz of the National Union (Ichud Leumi) party.

Previously, the only chance Grunis had of being named president was if Beinisch would have retired a few months earlier.

Grunis specializes in civil and commercial law, and is not know for ‘judicial activism”, an issue that colored the tenures of his immediate predecessors Dorit Beinisch and Aharon Barak.

Supreme Court Pres. To Scuttle Appointee Deal

Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Israeli Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch will allegedly renege on an agreement she made with members of the panel of nominating judges, and support Sephardic former-Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to the court, rather than nationalist-leaning Jerusalem District Judge Noam Solberg.

Discussion of the upcoming appointment of a new justice has often centered around the political and ideological propensities of the candidates.  While the High Court is considered secular and liberal, the country’s citizens have been voting more nationalist and religious.

Beinisch has been criticized as a highly-politicized left-leaning judge.  Solberg, who has been favored as a potential shift away from anti-nationalism, is religious, and resides in the Gush Etzion community of Alon Shvut.  He had been nominated to take over for Mazuz has Attorney General in 2009, but was ultimately turned down.

Under the original deal, Jerusalem District Court Judge Tzvi Sylbertal, who is close to Beinisch, would be appointed to the court along with Solberg, and Tel Aviv District Court President Dvora Berliner would be appointed to the High Court of Justice.

Now, it appears Beinisch will stymie the deal, and delay the process by seeking to introduce new candidates, particularly Sephardic ones in light of the retirement of Judge Edmond Levy, the Court’s one Sephardic judge.  Beinisch is retiring in February, which makes this her last opportunity to influence the outcome of a new Supreme Court appointment.  Analysts suggest that Mazuz will be a difficult candidate to disregard – regardless of whether he is qualified – because he fulfills the implicit need to include a Sephardic Jew on the Court roster.

The law regarding selecting Supreme Court judges requires a 30-day waiting period after the submission of a candidate, to allow the public to voice objections.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/supreme-court-pres-to-scuttle-appointee-deal/2011/11/20/

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