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High Court postpones judicial reform hearing due to war

The Judicial Selection Committee hearing was moved to Nov. 12 after Justice Ministry lawyers were called up for IDF duty.

Israeli Supreme Court president Esther Hayut and fellow justices arrive for a court hearing on petitions demanding the annulment of the appointment of Shas leader Aryeh Deri as a government minister, at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Jan. 5, 2023. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
Israeli Supreme Court president Esther Hayut and fellow justices arrive for a court hearing on petitions demanding the annulment of the appointment of Shas leader Aryeh Deri as a government minister, at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, Jan. 5, 2023. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

With Israel engulfed in a war with Hamas in Gaza, the High Court of Justice on Thursday decided to postpone a hearing related to the government’s judicial reform initiative.

Instead of this Sunday, petitioners against Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s refusal to convene the Judicial Selection Committee will be heard on Nov. 12, with submissions to the court able to be submitted until Nov. 5.

Supreme Court Justice Yael Willner’s decision came after Levin requested a postponement on Wednesday to submit his affidavit due to members of his legal team being mobilized for IDF duty as part of the largest reserve call-up since 1973.

The Movement for Quality Government in Israel, one of the petitioners, opposed the postponement.

Judicial reform was moved off the legislative agenda after a unity government was formed that includes members of the opposition following the Hamas terrorist assault that began on Oct. 7.

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