December 10, 2023

The Knesset plenum passed a law allowing security prisoners to have video conference hearings for the next month. Criminal prisoners will still have to appear in person at court, but security prisoners can participate in video conference hearings. Minors who are security prisoners will have to attend at least one in-person hearing, but the rest can be held over video conference if their lawyers can explain why it would be dangerous to bring them to court. The law cited the potential danger of traveling to and from court due to the current climate. Video conference hearings have already been controversial during the Israel-Hamas war, with a judge prohibiting the display of certain symbols and statements during the hearings. The Israel Prison Services Commissioner stated that Israeli flags will continue to be displayed during video conference hearings.