Retired Supreme Court Justice and former State Comptroller Eliezer Goldberg passed away today (Saturday) at the age of 90. Goldberg served until his death as chairman of the Civil Service Advisory Committee. In addition, he served as a judge for about 34 years, from his appointment as a traffic judge in 1964 until his retirement in 1998 after about 14 years in the Supreme Court.

During his years as a judge, Goldberg also served as a member of the Shamgar Committee to Investigate the Massacre in the Cave of the Patriarchs, and as chairman of the Central Election Committee for the 12th Knesset. After his retirement he served as State Comptroller and Ombudsman. In 2008 he was appointed Ombudsman for Public Complaints against Judges. As chairman of the advisory committee for the appointment of senior civil servants, he disqualified the appointment of retired superintendent Moshe (Chico) Edri to the post of police commissioner.

Retired Judge Goldberg sat on the panel of Supreme Court justices acquitted by John Demjanjuk on suspicion, after the district court ruled he was “Ivan the Terrible” from the Treblinka camp. Another historic ruling in which retired judge Goldberg took part was in the Mizrahi Bank ruling, which recognized the possibility of judicial review of Knesset laws.

Gulberg also sat on the panel of judges that unanimously ruled in the Deri-Pinhasi rule that filing an indictment against a minister or deputy minister requires the prime minister to fire them in some cases. In the case of the murder of Hanit Kikus, retired judge Goldberg held in a minority opinion that Suleiman al-Abid should be acquitted, among other things, Goldberg wrote that there was no sufficient evidentiary basis for the conviction.

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