This is a quick guide to using the Harvard Libraries' resources to find Israeli Supreme Court decisions. It presumes that students do not read Hebrew, and provides information about finding English-language translations.
If you already know the name or citation of the opinion you are looking for, use any of the databases listed in the first box below to try to locate an English-language version of the text of the opinion.
You can also do general research to find additional Supreme Court decisions on your topic. The resources listed in the second box below can be used to find English-language analysis of the court's jurisprudence, which will generally include case names and citations.
For general information about Israeli legal research, see GlobaLex's Israeli Legal Research Guide (free online) or Foreign Law Guide: Israel (Harvard user credentials required). The Foreign Law Guide provides specific information about finding Israeli Supreme Court decisions on its Israel Court Reports page. According to the FLG, "Israeli judgments and decisions of courts and tribunals in English would represent only the smallest tip of the iceberg." However, this page does provide a number of options to try, and also provides information about where to find opinions in Hebrew.
High Court of Justice
Note that the Supreme Court of Israel also sits as the High Court of Justice. In this capacity, it has original jurisdiction over civil rights cases filed by citizens against government entities such as administrative agencies. Therefore, this guide also includes resources for High Court of Justice case law.
Please consider that party names maybe transliterated from Hebrew with different spellings depending on the source. For example, the married couple who opposed each other in a leading 1996 case about assisted reproductive technology could be spelled "Nahmani" or "Nachmani" in English.
If you need help, please contact FCIL Librarian Jennifer Allison using the contact information to the right of this box.
English-Language Translations of Supreme Court Decisions
Getting Help from a Research Librarian
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