Crisis in Rabbinical High Court, no hearings being set

The Rabbinical High Court in Jerusalem, the highest rabbinical court in the land, has reached a crisis point and is no longer scheduling hearings or dealing with its massive case backlog.

There are some 2,900 current files open in front of the court, many involving difficult and complex issues, including numerous instances of women who cannot obtain a divorce from their husbands.

The collapse of the court stems from the severe political deadlock surrounding the appointments process over the last 18 months as well as an earlier appointments freeze due to legal challenges to the appointments process, so that no appointments have been made in close to four years.


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