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Israel high court head calls for court independence from justice ministry

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Israel [official website] should re-organize as an independent body, severing financial and administrative ties with the Israeli Justice Ministry [official website], Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch [official profile] said in a press conference Wednesday. Beinisch suggested that the Justice Department's influence over the Supreme Court threatens the judicial independence of the Court.

Last November, Beinisch suggested [Haaretz report] the Israeli Supreme Court should reduce the number of cases it hears, similar to the US Supreme Court. In February of this year, Israeli Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann proposed restricting the ability of the Court to overturn laws [JURIST report] passed by the Israeli parliament. Haaretz has more.

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