Lack of gender balance in new judicial appointments

Gender balance was lacking when 16 new judges pledged to pursue justice without showing favor or accepting bribes. Only five of the 16 were women, despite the fact that the justice minister, the director-general of the Justice Ministry, and the president of the Supreme Court are all females.

Israel does not have the kind of swearing-in ceremonies for judges that are common in most Western countries, but instead each judge makes a pledge taken from the Bible, without actually swearing on a Bible. The ceremony is usually held at the residence of the state president, except when the appointees include judges who have been elevated to the Supreme Court, when it is held at the Supreme Court.


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