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Judiciary: December 23, 2012

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The Supreme Court has decided to reduce the sentence of a Nigerian national convicted of robbery in Tel-aviv and sentenced to three and a half years in prison by the Tel-Aviv District Court.  The District Court Judge, Zvi Gurfinkel, wrote in his ruling that “a message needs to be sent to the population living in this area.”  The Supreme Court criticized the ruling’s wording, stating that “there was no place for generalizations”, and reduced the sentence by 10 months. (Ynetnews)

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December 23rd, 2012 at 1:54 pm

Judiciary: May 30, 2012

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Supreme Court Justices ruled that the Attorney General’s office withheld evidence from the defense, which had the potential to acquit their defendant, and this evidence only came to light during the supreme court appeal.

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May 30th, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Judiciary: May 25, 2012

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Research conducted by Shiri Krebs, a PhD student at Stanford University law school and previously an international law advisor to Israeli Supreme Court president Dorit Beinisch, examined 322 cases brought before the High Court between 2000-2010 in which Palestinian administrative detainees appealed against their sentence. Throughout this decade not a single case resulted in a release order, with two exceptions – in one case the court rejected the state’s appeal to release a detainee and in another the detainee was released before the case reached the court. 36% of appeals were withdrawn due to understanding with the security services before the court discussion, 19% of the cases were withdrawn for similar reasons after discussion, and 44% of the appeals were denied. The average discussion time in an administrative detention case is only 20 minutes, even for detainees imprisoned for months or even years.

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May 25th, 2012 at 9:27 am

Closed Society: May 16, 2012

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In an article to be distributed in synagogues on Saturday, Prof. Hillel Weiss from Bar-Ilan University states that “The Supreme Court is bringing upon all of the World’s and Israel’s Jews another holocaust” and further states that “terrorists are sitting in the High Court for Justice”.

(Hebrew - Walla)

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May 16th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Closed Society: May 9, 2012

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The Courts’ Administration Legal Adviser, Attorney Barak Lazer, is demanding an investigation into the allegation that MK Michael Ben-Ari (Nationl Union) is responsible for posting posters throughout Jerusalem, in which Supreme Court Justices appear wearing keffiyehs with the wording “If there is no loyalty, there is no justice”.

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May 9th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Judiciary: March 18, 2012

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Judge Noga Ohad dropped the appeal on one of her cases, because of a slight delay in the deposit of bail, and without hearing the claims of both sides in the case as required by the civil code. The Supreme Court dismissed Ohad’s ruling, declared that the deposit of bail should be accounted for as if it was posted on time, and ordered to hear the appeal on its merits.

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March 18th, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Political: February 29, 2012

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MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beitenu) has stated that he will ask the Minister of Justice to depose Supreme Court Justice Salim Joubran for refusing to sing the national anthem at the retirement ceremony of Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch.  Following the incident MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) announced that he intends to put forward the ‘Joubran bill,’ according to which a judge who did not serve in the IDF or national service[?] would not be able to serve as a Supreme Court Justice.

Internal Security: January 9, 2012

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Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein states in a ruling that the Prisons Authority and the Attorney General are ignoring repeated comments from the Supreme Court about the need to provide rehabilitation services to security prisoners, especially when they are underage Israeli citizens.

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Political: January 1, 2012

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The Knesset’s legal adviser has green-lit MK Ahmed Tibi’s (Ra’am-Ta’al) legislative proposal, forbidding anyone living in a settlement from being a Supreme Court Justice, as well as MK Michael Ben-Ari’s (National Union) legislative proposal, dubbed “the Joubran Law”, which blocks anyone who has not been in the army or performed national service from being a Supreme Court Justice, and blocks the position of Supreme Court President or his deputy from a serving Justice who has not fulfilled his service requirement.

Political: December 4, 2011

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MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) has proposed a bill by which only a justice who has served in the IDF or has done national service will be eligible for appointment to the Supreme Court.  According to the bill, a justice already serving in the Supreme Court, such as Salim Jubran, will not be able to serve as president of the court or his deputy.

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December 4th, 2011 at 9:50 pm