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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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The Decline in the Supreme Court’s Standing

The Decline in the Supreme Court’s Standing

(p.303) 31 The Decline in the Supreme Court’s Standing
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter illustrates the decline of the Supreme Court’s standing in the public eye, particularly during Aharon Barak’s tenure. It recounts several prominent criticisms levied against Barak’s court, such as the exceptional interview granted by former Chief Justice Moshe Landau. The chapter then outlines several factors that contributed to this decline, beginning with the court’s “all is justiciable” principle to its failure to simply perform its major function of serving the quotidian needs of Israel’s citizens and commercial bodies. The irony of the matter is that the court’s overbearing interference in government affairs was justified on the grounds of preserving “public confidence” in the government. As it turns out, public trust in the courts has instead declined.

Keywords:   Israeli Supreme Court, Aharon Barak, Barak court, Moshe Landau, public confidence, court interventions, government affairs, public trust, supreme court’s standing

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