Shaked mulls splitting attorney-general job into two

Justice Ministry Ayelet Shaked is considering removing responsibility for the State Attorney’s Office from the attorney-general’s job, she wrote in a letter to retired Supreme Court president Asher Grunis, chairman of the committee to find candidates for attorney-general, on Monday.

If Shaked decides on the controversial move, the attorney-general’s sole job would be to serve as the government’s legal adviser, and not to be responsible for prosecution. The split fits with Shaked’s position that legal advisors have an outsize influence on the government and prevent ministers from putting forward important policies.

Shaked officially asked Grunis to call the committee to recommend three candidates for the job, adding in the letter: "I would like to let the committee members know that I am considering splitting the attorney-general’s authority."


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