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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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Changes in Appointments to the Supreme Court

Changes in Appointments to the Supreme Court

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(p.317) 33 Changes in Appointments to the Supreme Court
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The Purse and the Sword
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Daniel Friedmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.003.0033

This chapter looks at the changes in the appointments of justices to the Supreme Court and the lower courts. As the number of vacancies on the bench grew and public approval of Aharon Barak’s court waned, the court soon faced justice ministers who did not prove as malleable to their whims, among them Haim Ramon and the author himself. By law, the justice minister has the power to make temporary appointments to the court with the consent of the chief justice, and without requiring the approval of the Judicial Selection Committee. While the issue of temporary appointments seems trifling, in the larger context they were a central tool by which the Supreme Court exerted control over both the District Courts and appointments to the high bench. Thus, the chapter outlines some of the author’s candidates for the bench, as well as the author’s attempts to put an end to temporary appointments to the Supreme Court and make amendments to the appointment procedure. During the author’s term, two private lawyers were appointed to the supreme court for the first time since the original supreme court bench.

Keywords:   judiciary appointments, temporary appointments, Judicial Selection Committee, appointment procedure, Israeli ministry of justice, Israeli Supreme Court

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