A history of the administration of courts in Israel

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This article presents the history of the administration of courts in Israel, from 1948 to circa 1995, unearthing a series of tensions that undergirded the management of Israeli courts throughout their history. It illustrates that judiciary-executive tensions, as well as intra-judiciary and other extra-judiciary tensions, informed the trajectory of Israeli court administration. Furthermore, the article singles out two outstanding figures in the history of the Israeli judiciary, chief justices Yitzhak Olshan and Meir Shamgar, whose lesser-known preoccupation with the administration of courts–alongside the work of even lesser-known Israeli jurists who “managed” Israeli courts for decades–is revealed in the article.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Israeli History
StateAccepted/In press - 2023

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© 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • court administration
  • Meir Shamgar
  • the director of courts
  • The Israeli judiciary
  • Yizhak Olshan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Political Science and International Relations


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