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The Judicial Selection Committee is expected to convene soon to discuss the dismissal (Haaretz) of Ramat-Gan Family Court Judge Ariel Ben-Ari following repeated complaints against him.
During the deliberations in the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee regarding the bill to change the composition of the Judicial Selection Committee, a vote was taken on the bill after it was surprisingly changed at the last minute; no discussion was held on the new version of the bill. During the heated debate that unfolded, five opposition MKs were thrown out of the room and committee chairman MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beitenu) even went so far as to tell MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz): “Get out of here, you’re not even an animal”.
The Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs approved the proposal to change the composition of the Judicial Selection Committee. According to the decision the Head of the Israel Bar Association will be one of two Bar Association representatives in the committee. A source familiar with the Selection Committee and opposed to the proposal stated that it is illegal, and that the Government is interfering in the selection process. He added that were the Bar members aware of the change at the previous election, they might not have elected the current Chairman of the Bar. In his opinion the law should only take effect after the next Bar Association elections.
A legislative proposal to alter the representation of the Israel Bar Association in the Judicial Selection Committee will be up for review on Sunday in the Ministerial Committee for Legislative Affairs. The proposal suggests that in committees in which the Bar Association has two representatives, one of them will be the chairman of the Bar Association as a representative of the majority factions, and the other will be chosen by the Bar’s opposition factions. The proposal was put forward by the chairman of Yisrael Beitenu, Robert Ilatov, and it includes the Committees for the selection of Jewish and Muslim religious judges (Dayanim and Qadis, respectively). A source familiar with the balance of power in the Bar Association referred to the proposal as unconstitutional, and stated that it marks an outrageous government intervention in the operation of the Bar Association – an independent statutory body – with the intent of trying to control legislative proposals and the composition of the Judicial Selection Committee. In addition to Mr. Ilatov, the legislative proposal is signed by MK’s Uri Ariel, Ze’ev Elkin, and Yariv Levin from the Likud.