Knesset Approves Bill to Ensure Women's Spots on Judicial Selection Committee

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The Knesset on Sunday approved the second and third readings of a bill that would mandate appropriate representation of women on the judges' selection committee.

According to the bill, four out of the nine seats on the committee would be reserved for women. The bill was proposed by MK Aliza Lavie (Yesh Atid) and Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On.

The judges’ selection committee has nine members, including two government representatives, two Knesset representatives, two lawyers, two Supreme Court Justices, and the Supreme Court president. The bill would ensure that one out of every pair of representatives is a woman. This would guarantee equal representation in the committee.

MK Lavie stated that “equal representation for women is not just an option, it’s essential, especially in legal arenas. Under future government coalitions, we could find ourselves yet again in a situation in which women’s voices are seldom heard on this important committee, as it was in the past. The judges’ selection committee is one of the most important committees in the democratic structure of Israel, and since the public does not directly elect judges, it is important that the committee represents all of Israeli society, both women and men.”

Meretz Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On stated “another important step is complete in the process of providing women equal representation and power on decision making committees. Even though the legal authorities recognize the importance of equal representation for women, and often makes rulings on that principle, the system itself does not live up to its own standards. Over the years, there have been 64 Supreme Court justices, and only ten of them have been women. Today, among fifteen justices in the Supreme Court, only four are women. Therefore, it’s clear that a female presence in the justice system must not be taken for granted.”

MK Aliza Lavie in the KnessetCredit: Emil Salman

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