Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Suit In Israel Seeks To Require Law School For Rabbinical Court Judges

In Israel, a petition has been filed with the High Court of Justice seeking to require judges in rabbinical courts to have secular law school degrees as well as rabbinical training. Today's Jerusalem Post reports that attorney Dayana Har-Even has argued to the High Court that property disputes in divorce cases are often decided differently religious courts than in secular ones, even though both are required to settle property disputes according to secular law. Har-Even says this is because dayanim (religious court judges) are unfamiliar with secular legal rules.