Last week Shiran (not her real name) turned up in our office. She conducts herself so well. She knows everything. She is always up to date, and she doesn’t have a moment to think about anything else. Her whole life revolves around the divorce, the court hearings, the protocols, the applications, the motions, the harsh words, the baseless accusations and the concern for her children and for those around her. She eats, drinks and breathes the process.
In the last hearing, Shiran had a particularly distressing experience. As she was trying to explain, respectfully, to the participants at the hearing that she had asked to postpone the hearing because Batya, her newly-appointed lawyer, was not yet familiar with the details of the case, Shiran encountered a humiliating, degrading response from the head of the panel of dayannim. After explaining that she wants a divorce after having suffered countless years of humiliation, murder threats and her husband having children with another woman, and when the dayyan realized that it was Adv. Batya Kahana Dror who was representing Shiran, he shouted at her and demanded that she stop making a scene, and even accused her of recording him. He demanded more than three times that an invasive search be conducted of her personal effects and her personal phone.
The hearing ended, but the terrible experience undergone by Shiran prevented her from returning to normalcy for several days afterwards.
For the degrading attitude, the disregard for the circumstances and the terrible situation of Shiran, we lodged an official complaint with the Commissioner for Public Complaints Against Judges