The “Derech Chaim Movement” will submit in the coming week a law proposal removing the Israeli Supreme Court’s complete control of Israel’s laws and justice system.
Derech Chaim aims to infuse Jewish values into Israel’s government and legal system.
The new proposal, which Derech Chaim coordinated with Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev, would remove the Supreme Court’s ability to cancel laws they do not like.
In a 30-page booklet, the organization explained the history of Israel’s Supreme Court, and how previous justices influenced the system until the court was able to intervene in the Knesset’s lawmaking abilities as it does today.
The booklet suggests adopting a model similar to England’s, in which the Supreme Court can point out contradictions between basic laws and new laws, but the only ones with the authority to cancel or create laws are members of the government itself.
srael does not have a basic law authorizing the Supreme Court to cancel new laws. However, the Supreme Court has decided it has this authority because of how they interpret the basic law on “human respect and freedom.” This, despite the fact that when this same basic law was made, the lawmakers stated explicitly that it was “not intended to authorize the Supreme Court to cancel laws.”
Similar laws were proposed twice in December 2006, but were not actually passed.