The Legal Reform

The moment of truth: The High Court of Justice will discuss the cancellation of the probable cause law today

Historically, all 15 judges of the High Court of Justice will gather today for a dramatic discussion on the question of whether to invalidate the "Basic Law: The Judiciary" amendment, regarding the reduction of the reason for reasonableness.

Esther Hayut (Photo by Yonatan Zindel, Flash90.)

For the first time since the establishment of the state, the Supreme Court will convene today (Tuesday) for a hearing with a full composition of 15 judges, with the focus being on the petitions against the law to reduce the reason for reasonableness.

The importance of the discussion takes on new significance in light of the fact that it is an amendment to the "Basic Law: The Judiciary", and if the judges of the High Court decide to intervene in the legislation of the Knesset, the ruling will set a dramatic legal precedent.

The Supreme Court and the Knesset (Photo: Nati Shohat, Flash90.)

The hearing will begin at 09:00 Israel time and will continue throughout the day, when it is expected to continue until the afternoon, this is in light of the fact that President Esther Hayut has decided that there will only be one day of hearings, despite the request of the representatives of the legal advice on behalf of the government to allow another day.

According to a prior decision of the court administration, the hearing from the courtroom will be broadcast live for the benefit of the general public.

Is there still a chance for an agreed compromise?

On the last day, the talks between the coalition and Prime Minister Netanyahu's representatives continued in front of the President's House, regarding the agreement to continue the legal reform, which may further interfere with the High Court of Justice in the Probable Cause Law.

However, an agreed-upon compromise has not yet been reached, but it is possible that even after the debate Netanyahu will unilaterally announce a change in the further legislation and the Prime Minister himself made it clear that he continues to try: "Netanyahu is working to exhaust every possibility to reach a national agreement that will bring balance between the three authorities. If an agreement is reached as such, no one will prevent its realization."

The chairman of the state camp, Benny Gantz, also presented a more softened position to the coalition yesterday: "Netanyahu will have to prove proven intent, and the ability to stand behind his proposals, or other proposals that he accepts. I don't care what Netanyahu's motive is - a meeting with Biden, or fear of the High Court, or an understanding of the national challenge before us. If there is a solution on the table that will preserve democracy - I will be there. If he returns to the "payment system" and continues with legislation - he will make a mistake, which will only lead to the worsening of the crisis."


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