In 2014 the petitioner was granted a proxy divorce by the Rabbinical Court in Zefat. Since the husband was a “vegetable” the court acted on his behalf during the Halakhic procedure and released the woman from her marriage. In 2017, after a man unrelated to the case, appealed against the ruling, the Rabbinical High Court decided to hold a new hearing on the divorce case. Mavoi Satum successfully petitioned the Supreme Court of Justice, arguing that the Rabbinical High Court is not entitled to reopen the case based on the petition of someone unrelated to the case, thus preventing the woman from becoming once again a tragically chained agunah.
The Rabbinical court, by a range of actions beyond its authority, ruled to reject the application of a woman to annul her marriage since one of the witnesses to the marriage was a pedophile. The High Court of Justice has not yet responded.
The annulment of imprisonment clause of the Marriage & Divorce Regulations – A Position Paper (22.11.18)
Precendent: Marriage Annulment in the case of prolonged gett refusal – the decision of a Private Beit Din.
The petition was lodged with the High Court of Justice requesting that it instruct the court to register a couple, who were married privately according to Jewish Law, as a married couple. The court rejected the petition.
A extreme case: the regional Beit Din refused to compel a gett against the direction of the Beit Din Hagadol.
The appeal was lodged with the High Court of Justice following the refusal of the courts to consider a woman for the position of Director. The appeal was accepted and the regulations amended. Unfortunately, the President of the Court was able to circumvent the need to hold an open tender in which both genders could apply for the position, and appointed a sitting judge to the position without a tender. During the deliberations on the appeal, the High Court instructed the court administration to appoint a woman as deputy director of the rabbinical courts. This instruction was implemented.