Israel Bar Association taps Muhamad Naamneh to serve on Judicial Selection Committee

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

Israel Bar Association chief Amit Becher (left) and Muhamad Naamneh, the IBA pick to serve on the Judicial Selection Committee, seen in an undated photo. (Courtesy IBA)
Israel Bar Association chief Amit Becher (left) and Muhamad Naamneh, the IBA pick to serve on the Judicial Selection Committee, seen in an undated photo. (Courtesy IBA)

The national council of the Israel Bar Association (IBA) selects Muhamad Naamneh to serve as one of its representatives on the critical Judicial Selection Committee alongside current member Ilana Saker.

IBA head Amit Becher says he is “very proud” of Naamneh’s selection.

There are nine members of the Judicial Selection Committee — which selects judges for all courts, including the Supreme Court — of whom two are from the IBA. Five votes are needed to appoint lower court judges and seven for Supreme Court judges.

Becher, an outspoken opponent of the coalition’s judicial overhaul, was elected in a landslide as head of the IBA in June. His election guaranteed that the government would not be able to control the Judicial Selection Committee in its current format and thus dominate the judicial appointments process.

Justice Minister Yariv Levin has declined to convene the committee despite the fact that dozens of positions on courts around the country need filling, and petitions have been filed against him in the High Court of Justice to compel him to do so. Levin appears to be seeking to delay convening the committee until his plans to revamp the panel’s composition can be put into place.

“I call on Minister Levin to swiftly convene the committee. There is a critical need for judges and every day that the committee does not convene constitutes legal oppression for the public,” says Becher.

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