AG Releases New Rules for State Bodies to Comply With Court Rulings

Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein issued new orders Sunday designed to improve the state's compliance with High Court of Justice rulings.

Among other things, the orders detail how information about the verdict should be disseminated to the relevant state agencies, how these agencies should go about requesting an extension from the court if they need more time to comply, and who needs to approve such a request.

AG Yehuda Weinstein
Rimon Cohen Shankman

The new orders came in response to a complaint submitted about six months ago by former deputy attorney general Yehudit Karp. In her complaint, Karp cited numerous rulings by both the High Court and administrative courts that the state has failed to implement in recent years.

One example is a 2006 High Court ruling that forbade the Interior Ministry from making work permits for foreign workers conditional on the worker staying with a given employer. The court deemed this an unacceptable violation of the migrants' human rights and gave the state six months to draft new regulations that would comply with its ruling. So far, however, the state's compliance has been only partial.

Another example is a ruling that ordered the Education Ministry to build additional classrooms in East Jerusalem.

In her response to Karp, Keren Dahari Ben-Nun of the Justice Ministry's legislation department wrote that the state was not ignoring these rulings, but needed more time to comply with the complexities of the cases, or that complying with the ruling would entail large budgetary outlays. Some rulings required the state to draft new regulations, and others required various other types of complicated governmental action.

However, Dahari Ben-Nun said, Weinstein did agree that new procedures to ensure government compliance were needed, and has therefore issued new regulations on the matter.