New Justice Minister discusses new reforms

Tuesday, February 13, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Israel’s new Justice Minister, Professor Daniel Friedmann, laid out his vision by presenting his position to promote reforms within the court system and government to connect the people with the state.

“I have some general thoughts that need to be examined,” Friedmann said. “For instance, in certain situations, if an answer is not given in time by the governmental authority, it [could] be considered to be an affirmative answer.”

Friedmann hopes to promote human rights by promoting new laws benefiting new immigrants and other minority groups.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised the justice minister the appointment of additional judges to deal with organized crime and other offenses. During the early stages of implementing the new system, a panel of judges will hold sessions on specific cases on a daily basis, in order to see who is ready to serve in the position.

Friedmann, an Israel Prize winner and expert in civil law, is in the process of meeting with heads of state and other court delegates.

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