Monday, February 22, 2010

Having my day in court*

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For That's My World Tuesday let's continue our tour of Israel's Supreme Court Building that we started last week.

This photo is from the Court's website.
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The new (1992) Supreme Court Building is in Givat Ram, at the western entrance to Jerusalem.
In this photo you can also see the Knesset, part of Jerusalem, and the hills on the eastern horizon where the desert begins.
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This is the biggest of the five courtrooms for the 15 Supreme Court justices.
The judges sit on the dias, normally in panels of three.
At the computer screens sit a stenographer and a law clerk.
Lawyers sit at the semi-circular table.
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Not in the photo: prisoner's dock to the left and press box to the right.
Members of the press can take notes but not photographs during proceedings.
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You see no place for a jury because Israel does not have the jury system.
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The back wall of the courtroom, of beautiful latticework wood, has a round window up near the high ceiling.
Joan, our excellent guide, said that the window is meant to remind the justices that Someone is watching them.
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All five courtrooms are similar in architectural structure, inspired by ancient synagogues of the Talmudic period (200 C.E. - 600 C.E.) and by various historical periods in the Middle East.

Benches are for the public.
The public has the right to attend all court proceedings except for those matters held “in camera” and which deal with security or matters protected by the right of privacy.
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If you'd like to see more of the beautiful building and learn its symbolism, come again tomorrow.
Shalom!
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(* "To have one's day in court" = to have an opportunity to be heard.)
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17 comments:

VP said...

Thanks for this tour, the court building is amazing and it is better appreciated with your detailed descriptions. The panoramic view helps us to 'place' the location of the court in contest with the rest of Jerusalem.

Jew Wishes said...

Great photos, Dina! The first one is a wonderful overview.

Cloudia said...

This building speaks of a deep commitment to what is right.

Thank you.


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VioletSky said...

Somehow, I missed the other posts... so I am now caught up on your tour! So much detail and symbolism into what looks a simple designed building, proving that all is not as simple as it seems.

bennie and patsy said...

How does it work with out a jury system.?
Patsy

B SQUARED said...

I wish our judges would remember someone is watching them, as well.

Ann said...

That's an impressive building.

J Bar said...

That looks huge.
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Pietro said...

Dina, it's really an interesting tour of Israel's Supreme Court Building.

Dina said...

Shalom friends. Thanks for sharing your reactions.

Patsy, our system seems to work. I would rather be judged by a judge than a jury.

CathM said...

Thanks for this tour :)

Abe Lincoln said...

That is interesting. No jury of the peers. I suppose there must be judges who do the jury job.

Very nice photos. It is a beautiful building. The famous Nazi, whose name I just forgot, was recently returned to Israel and tried and now and then we would see him and the inside of the court building on TV. I wonder if this is where that took place?

Hilda said...

The latticework is really beautiful, and I love that window and its symbolism. Our judges' salas should have them.

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» is enjoying this tour and learning the symbolism used in the buildings.

Spiderdama said...

Interesting F! We stopped there and asked a guard for directions, he was so incredibly helpful:-)
Wish you a great week!

JM said...

I've been catching up the last posts and I'm fascinated by the modern architecture of this Court. Amazing details! And I'm glad you posted an aerial view for the better understanding of the complex.

Thank you for your comment on the Madeira Island post.

Jack and Joann said...

So since there are no jurors does Soloman decide?