The recent retirement of President Asher Grunis would probably not be viewed by the legal community in Israel as the end of an era in the history of the Supreme Court. Justice Grunis has always been considered a sophisticated and cautious jurist who specialized in private law. It is also a well-known fact that during his short three-year tenure as President he focused primarily on procedural reforms in order to deal with the heavy caseload pressures on the judicial system.
On January 15th, Miriam Naor was officially appointed Israel’s 11th Supreme Court President, replacing Asher D. Grunis. She will serve until September 2017, when she will reach the mandatory judicial retirement age of 70.
On December 14, the High Court of Justice rejected a petition by Gaza’s citizens to enter Israel in order to handle lawsuits against the State. The State Prosecutor specifically differentiated between strictly humanitarian cases, which residents of Gaza are permitted to litigate, and civil claims, which is what the petition had asked for.