The committee for the appointment of dayanim (Rabbinic court judges) is made up of ten members, among them the Minister of Justice, the two Chief Rabbis, two judges from the Supreme Bet Din (rabbinic court), a government minister, two members of Knesset and two representatives of the Israeli Bar Association. Committee disagreements over the appointment of each judge are fierce. They reflect conflicting agendas and viewpoints and often involve self-serving interests such as the distribution of jobs, money, personal status and honor.
The process of appointing judges continues to be governed by political considerations. Nepotism in the appointment ofdayanim prevents the appointment of judges who, in addition to their expertise and commitment to halakha, are also sensitive to new societal problems and halakhically creative in the face of changing realities.
Mavoi Satum has been active in providing relevant information to the committee about the dayanim under consideration. We also organise communal protests and campaigns in support of the appointment of more suitable judges.
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The composition of the Committee as it stands today consists of a male majority in spite of the fact that The Law of Equal Rights requires that at least three female representatives be included on the committee. Mavoi Satum and ICAR have filed a motion in the Supreme Court requesting that there be four women on the committee; Mavoi Satum and the Center for Women’s Justice also filed a motion claiming that the exclusion of women on the committee was a contravention of Israeli law and International law. The motion is still under review of the Supreme Court.
Aditionally Mavoi Satum has proposed a law to expand the committee to eleven members reserving the additional place for a woman. to ensure more equitable decisions.
“Breaking the Silence” – Gathering Information about Judges and Batei Din
Mavoi Satum has created a project to gather information about complaints regarding particular dayanim and batei din. If you have any specific information about a judge, a ruling,or a problematic procedural issue you have encountered in the batei din, please report back to us.
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