Likud MK Submits Bill to Boost Politicians’ Power Over Judicial Appointments

Amendment would reduce number of Supreme Court justices in the Judicial Appointments Committee from three to one.

Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis

Coalition chairman MK Yariv Levin (Likud) is sponsoring a bill aimed at increasing the power of politicians who sit on the Judicial Appointments Committee, at the expense of the jurists on the panel.

Levin says the committee’s current composition, stipulated by law, enables the three Supreme Court justices and two Israel Bar Association members to form a bloc that can outvote the two cabinet ministers and two Knesset members. That, Levin argues, makes it possible for the jurists to impose controversial appointments on the politicians.

His amendment would reduce the number of Supreme Court justices serving on the panel from three to one, while adding a retired district court judge and an academic to the committee. Levin says his proposal would create a better balance in the composition of the committee.

To ensure that the two Israel Bar Association members represent different groups within the organization, Levin proposes allowing each member of the association’s voting council to vote for only one candidate.

He also proposes stipulating that one of the two MKs on the committee must represent the coalition and the other, the opposition. Currently, the committee consists of the justice minister, who is also its chair, as well as a second cabinet minister, two MKs, two Bar Association members, the Supreme Court president and two other Supreme Court justices.

Tourism Minister Yariv Levin.Credit: Olivier Fitoussi

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