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Until the late eighties, there was no appeal at all in the military justice system in the occupied territories (which consisted of only one court). In 1985, the Israel Supreme Court heard a petition demanding establishment of a military appellate court system in the occupied territories. Although the petition was rejected in 1988, the Supreme Court  nevertheless recommended establishing an appellate court. [1] An amendment to the Defense Regulations Order ordering the establishment of a Military Court of Appeals commencing from April 1989 was issued [2] pursuant to this recommendation.

The Military Court of Appeals sits in Ofer military base and hears objections and appeals on decisions and rulings of military courts operating under military legislation applicable in the occupied territories. Except for judgments rendered by a panel of three judges, a single judge sits in the Military Appeals Court, and there is no further appeal of these judgments. In a lengthy series of decisions, the Supreme Court has consistently ruled that it will not serve as an appellate court to the Military Court of Appeals, and has usually refused to interfere in that court's decisions. The Supreme Court has only revealed an in-principle willingness to enable judicial review of military courts in the case of administrative detainees, but even in these cases, it is most unusual for the Supreme Court to intervene in the Military Court's deliberations.


[1] Supreme Court 85/87 Jhimahl Achmed Jabr Arjub vs. the IDF commander in Judea & Samaria verdict mem-bet (1) 353

[2] Security Order (Amendment No. 58) (Judea & Samaria) (No. 1265) 1989


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