Last year, former Deputy Attorney General Yehudit Karp released a scathing report accusing the state of failing to abide by Supreme Court and administrative court rulings. Since then, it has become clear that most court rulings cited in the report have not been implemented.
In a memorandum she sent recently to Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss, Karp argues that instructions handed down by Weinstein last August have not helped stop this harmful phenomenon. These directives deal with the way the state has abided by court rulings. Karp has warned that most rulings listed in last year's report have not been heeded.
In the memorandum, parts of which were published in Haaretz Friday, Karp - whose contribution to the rule of law deserves praise - points to a no less worrying development that has characterized relations between the judiciary and state institutions. She details a series of cases in which the state has consistently evaded its obligations to the High Court of Justice while failing to uphold its statements to the country's highest legal authority.
The State Prosecutor's Office continues to defend ministries that violate the law and government decisions. Elected officials and their deputies routinely stick to their agendas despite the censure by the Supreme Court president and the other justices, who have taken the state to task for its contempt of the court and its attitude whereby rulings are nothing more than mere recommendations.
One should expect that the executive branch, which rightly expects the people to abide by court decisions by the letter of the law, would set an example when it comes to legal rulings. Israelis who systematically avoid implementing court rulings and who violate their legal obligations to the courts are punished to the full extent of the law.
The proper course of action would be for the state comptroller to order an investigation into this phenomenon of corruption and present his findings to the Knesset and government. As Karp has recommended, the attorney general must conduct a thorough review and take action that would fundamentally revise the contemptible way the state treats court rulings.
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