Knesset panel bogged down over ministry oversight czar

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Wednesday was still stuck in an impasse as it tried to move forward with revising the powers of the Justice Ministry’s oversight “czar.”

The oversight czar’s position was created for cases of excessive delay by the prosecution in wrapping up certain cases and some other excesses, in order to strengthen public faith in the prosecution, following several incidents of bad press.

The office was thrown into chaos in April when the office’s first head, Hila Gerstl, resigned in frustration at being blocked at doing her oversight, through lack of cooperation on the prosecution’s side. She has not been replaced.


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