Grunis sworn in as Supreme Court president (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Aviad Glickman Published: 02.28.12, 18:27)
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Asher Grunis notes that judges´ independence cannot be compromised,
says his work lead by sense of vocation
Justice Asher Grunis was sworn in on Tuesday as the new president of
the Supreme Court. He replaces Dorit Beinisch in the role of chief
"I´ve had the great privilege of sitting next to the giants of the
judicial system," Grunis said in a speech. "The turnover of justices
in the Supreme Court casts heavy responsibility upon us, the
incumbent judges. We must preserve the magnificent tradition of the
"The State of Israel is a Jewish and democratic state, and it must
preserve the Jewish values and protect the ways of democracy," he
"The judges are performing a divine service, they act out of a sense
of great responsibility. We all deal with providing a special
service, led by a sense of vocation."
Grunis lamented the heavy case load faced by the justice system, and
stressed that the judges´ independence cannot be compromised.
During the ceremony, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to
block any legislation that aims to compromise the independence of the
courts system, and wished Grunis success in "kindling the flame of
"I know you have what it takes to lead Israel´s justice system,"
Netanyahu told the judge. "On behalf of myself and the State of
Israel, I wish you success… I am certain that under your leadership
Israel´s Supreme Court will continue serving as a beacon of freedom."
´Judges come and judges go´
Netanyahu also praised Beinisch for her service.
"For five and a half years you have proudly headed the State of
Israel´s judicial branch," he said. "It wasn´t an easy period, during
which the justice system came under attack more than once. These
attacks were unsuccessful."
The outgoing chief justice spoke at the ceremony as well, lauding the
merits of the Supreme Court.
"Judges come and judges go, but this establishment is stronger than
its individual parts," Beinisch said.
Addressing Grunis, President Shimon Peres said: "You have been
entrusted with the scepter of the Supreme Court presidency, and the
full extent of the responsibility that comes with leading the State
of Israel´s justice system. I am sure that your personality, wisdom,
great experience, principled convictions and proficiency in the law
will help you contribute to entrenchment of the court´s standing."
Peres also lauded Beinisch, stressing the fact that she was the first
woman to serve as Supreme Court president, calling her "one of the
most important and brave people to head the Israel´s highest judicial
"Many fundamental and significant rulings are attributed to you,
including ones regarding interrogee and defendants´ rights," he
said. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 02/28/12)
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