Knesset votes to change bylaws to delay appointments to Judicial Selection Committee

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

The coalition votes to change the Knesset bylaws in order to delay appointing new representatives to the Judicial Selection Committee, in the midst of its ongoing legislative push to restructure the panel responsible for appointing all of Israel’s judges and place it firmly in coalition control.

Passing 51 to 47, the amendment grants the Knesset an additional three months to select representatives for selection and appointment committees, extending the timeline from March 15 to June 15. Until today’s vote, the rules stated that the Knesset must choose representatives for these panels, including the Judicial Selection Committee, within four months of its seating.

The coalition explicitly tied the change to its ongoing push to transfer judicial appointments into its own power as “the reason” for the bylaws change, according to an accompanying explanation for amendment.

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