Bills include override clause, which would permit Knesset to re-legislate laws struck down by the Supreme Court as “unconstitutional”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
Knesset advances first batch of judicial reform bills
Amir Ettinger
March 14, 2023

The Knesset Tuesday passed the first reading of major bills pertaining to the judicial reform, including the highly contested override clause. After a lengthy filibuster, the plenum split between Coalition-Opposition lines, with 61 voting in favor of the measure, and 52 voting against it. If passed, the override clause will allow a 61-seat majority of the Knesset to relegislate laws struck down by the Supreme Court as “unconstitutional,” in effect for as long as the coalition remains in power. After a year, the possibility to extend comes under review. The proposed law would also limit the Supreme Court’s judicial review, requiring 80% of its justices to overturn a law and prevent the attorney general from declaring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unfit for office. READ MORE

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