The Supreme Court in Jerusalem (Hebrew, Beit haMishpat ha'Elyon) is at the head of the court system in the State of Israel. It is the highest judicial instance. The Supreme Court sits in Jerusalem. The area of its jurisdiction is the entire State. A ruling of the Supreme Court is binding upon every court, other than the Supreme Court itself.
Tour of the Supreme Curt of Israel
Tours Sunday through Thursday for individuals:
Guided Tours for groups of more than ten people,
must make advance reservation 02-6759612/3.
For updated information about guided tours
during July and August and holidays,
please call: 02-675-9612.
From the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 until the dedication of the new Supreme Court building in 1992, the Supreme Court of Israel was housed in a rented building in Jerusalem�s Russian Compound, originally built as a hostel for Russian Orthodox pilgrims visiting Jerusalem. In 1984, the Rothschild Foundation (Yad Hanadiv) made a formal offer to the Government of Israel to donate a permanent building for the Supreme Court. The offer was gratefully accepted and an architectural competition was held in 1986. The winners, from Israel, were the brother-and-sister team of Ram Karmi and Ada Karmi Melamede from Tel Aviv. The new Supreme Court building was dedicated on November 10, 1992.
Several important factors were taken into consideration during the planning stage. The site of the building would be in Kiryat David Ben Gurion, adjacent to both the Knesset, the legislative branch of government and the executive branch of government; the building would integrate post-modern architectural elements, reflecting Jerusalem�s rich architectural history; the building would express values of justice, law and righteousness, drawing inspiration from biblical metaphor.
Access to the Supreme Court of Israel Building
The Supreme Court is accessible from several directions.
From the South:
The Knesset passageway leads through the Wohl Rose Garden and connects the Knesset, the legislative branch of government, with the Supreme Court building, the judicial branch.
From the North: A pedestrian bridge will connect the Central Bus Station to the Supreme Court building. Between them stands the executive branch of government, which consists of various ministries, including the Office of the Prime Minister.
From the West: The Dorothy de Rothschild Promenade joins the main thoroughfare with the Supreme Court building.
From the East: A footpath footpath through Sacher Park leads to the Supreme Court building. Cars enter the Supreme Court area via Yitzhak Rabin Boulevard.
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