Ministers approve requiring judges to declare their assets

A bill making it mandatory for judges and other senior non-elected government officials to submit a declaration of assets received the Ministerial Committee for Legislation’s approval Sunday.

The proposal by MK Bezalel Smotrich (Bayit Yehudi), which has support from parties in the coalition and opposition, would make the treatment of judges, state attorneys, top police officers and other senior appointed local and national government officials equal to that of MKs and ministers, in that they would all have to detail their assets in a confidential report.

Smotrich said that “senior officials, like those who are elected, face pressures and can end up in situations of conflicts of interests. Therefore, a confidential declaration of assets is the minimum necessary in order to ensure good governance and strengthen the public’s trust in senior bureaucrats.”


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