Sunday, May 31, 2015

Lack of Judges Creates Huge Backlog In Israel's Highest Religious Court

Haaretz reported last week on the paralysis in Israel's Rabbinical Court because of the partisan fighting that has prevented the appointment of new judges by the committee charged with doing so.  The High Rabbinical Court is the highest appellate court in the religious court system that handles personal status issues-- especially divorces.  Four urgent appeals will finally be heard this week, but the court faces a backlog of 2900 other cases. Six permanent judges are need for the High Rabbinical Court and 25 are needed for regional religious courts. (See prior related posting.)

UPDATE:  Jerusalem Post reports that on Monday June 1,  Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked approved the temporary appointment, for a period of 6 months, of three new judges to the High Rabbinical Court.