The draft agreements concerning legal reform and prospects of understanding between the coalition and opposition were disclosed on Tuesday. As stated by the report, the coalition would permit the appointment of an opposition member to the judge selection committee and guarantee not to further pursue legal legislation in this session. The reform in ombudsmen indicates that ombudsman for a government office will serve for 6 years, allowing outside candidates. A minister can dismiss an ombudsman with committee approval, which will comprise of the director-general of the ministry and the government ombudsman representatives. Though the state camp opposes it, the government and its representatives will be eligible for separate legal representation. Labor chairman Rav Michaeli expressed doubt and called for clarity from Lapid and Gantz to ensure democracy was not affected.
On the way to understanding between the coalition and the opposition? The details of the draft agreements On The legal reform promoted by the members of the President’s House was revealed this evening (Tuesday) in the news here 11. According to the report, in the draft it was determined that the coalition would allow the appointment of an opposition representative to the committee for selecting judges, and would undertake not to pursue further legal legislation in this session of the Knesset.
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It was also reported that regarding the reform in the field of ombudsmen, an ombudsman for a government office will serve only 6 years. In addition, candidates from outside the civil service will be able to be appointed as ombudsmen. Likewise, a minister will be able to fire an ombudsman with the approval of a committee that will include representatives of the director general of the ministry and the government ombudsman equally.
Other sections in the draft include allowing ministers to “appeal” to the ombudsman for the government about the position of the ombudsman of his office, as well as stating that the government and its representatives will be entitled to receive separate legal representation, if the ombudsman is chosen not to represent them. Also, in addition to the law on ombudsmen , the reason for reasonableness will not apply to the government’s decisions in matters of policy or in matters of appointing members to the government.
The state camp responded: “Unfortunately, there is no progress towards agreements and false advertising.”
Labor chairman Rav Michaeli wrote: “I refuse to believe that Lapid and Gantz, who went out to demonstrate against the coup d’état week after week, agreed to the firing of legal advisers, to private legal representation for ministers and to the reduction of the probable cause, all in exchange for the government to uphold the democratic practice that has been customary in our places since time immemorial – Allow a representative from the opposition in the committee for selecting judges. I call on them to make it clear immediately that there is no dawn for things and that they will not make such deals and will not allow damage to our democracy.”