Cabinet OKs rabbinical courts transfer to Religious Services Ministry

The cabinet on Sunday gave the green light to transfer authority over the rabbinical courts from the Justice Ministry to the Religious Services Ministry and over the conversion system from the Religious Services Ministry to the Prime Minister’s Office, fulfilling one of the demands made by Shas in its coalition deal with the Likud.

Women’s rights groups, on Thursday, challenged the transfer in a petition to the High Court of Justice, claiming the professional standards of the rabbinical courts will be compromised if authority over them is transferred away from the Justice Ministry.

The High Court decided not to issue an injunction against the transfer, but said it would hold a hearing shortly on the petition and required the defendants, including the justice minister, religious services minister, attorney general, Shas and Likud to respond to the petition seven days before the date on which the hearing will be held.


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