Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut
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About 50 judges on Sunday will begin intensive training on writing court rulings - the first such workshop in the history of the Israeli legal system.

The first two-day phase of the program, organized by Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut and the Institute of Advanced Judicial Studies, aims to help judges write judicial opinions faster to prevent delays in producing rulings. Judges will take part from throughout the court system. They will concentrate on the structure of judicial opinions, sifting out important details. This will help them cope with large quantities of material and write clearer, more comprehensible opinions.

A source in the Israeli court administration said the training was part of a new trend aimed at improving judicial skills including administrative abilities and ways to conduct hearings.

Justice Hayut will give a lecture on principles for writing judicial opinions, complemented by workshops taught by several district court judges. There will also be discussions on what appeals courts expect in judicial rulings by lower courts.

A source involved in the training said some of the program covers methods developed in the United States and Canada for training judges.

Retired Supreme Court justice Dalia Dorner, who has lectured judges on writing legal rulings, told Haaretz yesterday that the new training was important both for new judges and veterans on the bench.

She rejected the argument that the training could result in uniformity in drafting rulings. "They're not telling judges what to write, but rather how to write it," she said.