Powered by WebAds

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Israeli courts: 'Sderot is too dangerous'

The courts in Israel's south have decided that Sderot is too dangerous to allow court officers to travel there to serve papers.
Therefore, all court papers to persons resident in Sderot are either sent to the Sderot police to serve, or they are sent by registered mail.

Israel's subpoena delivery procedures dictate a messenger or court official must personally serve papers informing citizens of an indictment filed against them or a summon to testify in court and have the recipient sign for them.

But this is no longer the case in Sderot and other Gaza-vicinity communities. Yedioth Ahronoth has learned that Justice Moshe Machlis has recently issued a new guideline forbidding court employees from traveling to Sderot to serve residents with subpoenas for fear they may be wounded or killed by a Qassam, or alternatively that in the event the town's roads are closed, the officials would be trapped.

But the wheels of the justice system cannot stop and the some creative judicial thinking seems to have prevented the newfound inability to deliver the papers turn into a debilitating wrench in the works.

And so, Sderot police officers, already burdened by a plethora of tasks 'unloaded' onto them by various State institutions, will trade their sidearms for pens and set about knocking on the doors of those subpoenaed, confirmation forms in hand.

They will do this alongside providing advice on property tax, debt collection responsibilities (including eviction notices), and caring for anxiety-wracked residents.


The Court Administration confirmed the new guideline. “Due to the security situation in Sderot and the region, the chief justice overseeing the southern Magistrates' Courts has ordered the delivery of subpoenas for court dates within 21 days time will be served by the Sderot police. Those with dates over that period will be sent by registered mail with a confirmation slip."
But the truth is that is really nothing new in Sderot: Rocket fire has been directed at Sderot since the beginning of the Oslo War nearly eight years ago, and like Judea and Samaria - which have similar problems - many service providers simply refuse to set foot in Sderot.
Sderot’s residents have been getting the same reply - 'Sorry, it's too dangerous there' - from vendors, private companies and even insurance firms for the past eight years.

“They keep telling me – wait for the rockets to stop and then place your order, then we'll come,” says Shimon Malka, who owns a catering company. “I have to beg them to supply merchandise. If it’s urgent, I usually travel to meet them outside the city. It's ludicrous.”
Yes, it's ludicrous. What should be done is to send in the IDF. But instead, Prime Minister Ehud K. Olmert will once again have a glass of wine and send in the clowns.


At 7:06 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The Israeli government could care less that Israel has no effective sovereignty in the "Gaza envelope" as long as the news from there is kept out of the headlines. That's the important thing to the bozos who run the country.


Post a Comment

<< Home