Neeman: Boost Prosecutor's Power in AG Job Division

Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman is mulling the creation of a new post, prosecutor general, who would take over the attorney general's responsibilities for the criminal justice system and serve as head of the state's prosecution.

The prosecutor general would be independent of the attorney general rather than subordinate to him.

The proposal would split the attorney general's job in two. However, it differs from previous proposals to this effect in that the attorney general's criminal responsibilities would not simply be handed over to the state prosecutor.

Instead, an additional post would be created, with the prosecutor general serving as the state prosecutor's boss the way the attorney general does today.

Another possibility Neeman is considering is replacing the state prosecutor with two deputy prosecutors general - one in charge of civil cases and one in charge of criminal cases. Today, the state prosecutor is in charge of both.

Under this proposal, the attorney general would continue serving as the government's legal advisor and would also represent the state in the High Court of Justice.

Though no serious consideration has yet been given to who would fill the new prosecutor general's post, one name that has been mentioned is current state prosecutor Moshe Lador.

The question of how the prosecutor general would be chosen has also not yet been settled.

Over the past few months, Neeman has been meeting with academics and retired judges to hear their views on how best to structure the top echelon of the legal system.

Neeman's advisor, Gil Solomon, confirmed that the minister is looking into splitting the attorney general's role, but said that no decision had yet been made.