Deputy AG: Limiting state legal advisers’ power will be a ‘stain’ on rule of law

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Deputy Attorney General Gil Limon, August 2, 2021 (Courtesy Gideon Sharon)
Deputy Attorney General Gil Limon, August 2, 2021 (Courtesy Gideon Sharon)

Deputy Attorney General Gil Limon decries the government’s plan to reduce legal advisers’ counsel to the status of non-binding advice, telling a Knesset committee that the proposal is part of a larger judicial reform package that would stain the rule of law.

“There is a sequence of moves here, the cumulative result of which is a stain on the status of the rule of law in a democratic country,” Limon tells the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee.

“The government will interpret the law for itself and will be assisted by private lawyers who will back it up,” Limon says during the committee’s first day of open debate on its bill to let the government determine its own legal positions and representation, regardless of Justice Ministry advice. “The government will not be above the law, it will be the law,” he adds.

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