Words of the State Comptroller
I have the honor to make some introductory comments to the English translation of selected chapters taken from the Ombudsman’s Annual Reports 37 and 38, for the years 2010 and 2011.
The reports were submitted to the Knesset by my predecessor, Judge (Ret.) Micha Lindenstrauss, who completed his term in July 2012. The reports highlight the Office of the Ombudsman’s intensive activity in recent years and its significant contribution in protecting the rights of the individual and in facilitating the average citizen's contacts with governmental authorities.
Since the Office of the Ombudsman began to function as an independent, separate unit within the Office of the State Comptroller, about forty years ago, the State Comptroller Law, 5718-1958 [Consolidated Version] has been amended several times to strengthen the status and authority of the Ombudsman and to add to his powers. Ultimately, however, the Ombudsman is a “judge of persuasion,” as his decisions are not ...