Shaked hints at changes to judges’ selection to confront criticism of homogeneity

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked on Monday appeared to hint that changes had been made to the judges’ preparation course following criticism that the seminar, part of the process for selecting which judges to promote up the judicial chain, was used by liberal judges to vet out conservative judges.

More specifically, the justice minister, in remarks at the annual judges’ conference at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem, said that the Israel Bar Association was now cooperating with the courts on the issue which would hopefully lead to more diverse judges.

However, Shaked’s spokesman did not reply for a clarification as to exactly what changes had been made and in a speech by Supreme Court President Miriam Naor at the same conference, it appeared that no changes had been made and that Naor flatly rejected all of the charges of improper vetting.


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