Eliezer Goldberg was born in 1931 in Jerusalem. In 1949 he finished his high school studies at the Rechavia Hebrew Gymnasia (high school) in Jerusalem, and between the years 1952-1955 he studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Goldberg articled in the Office of the President of the Jerusalem District Court, Zvi Eli Becker, and in 1957 he received his law license. In the years 1957-1960 Goldberg worked as an attorney in the office of P. Rabinovitch, Attorney-at-Law, and after this, moved to the office of Hiller and A. Dori, Attorneys-at-Law, where he worked until 1964.
During the years 1964-1965 he served as a traffic magistrate.
During the years 1965-1974 he served as a municipal court judge and as a justice of the peace court.
In 1974 he was appointed to the bench in the Jerusalem District Court.
In May 1982 he was appointed Vice President of the Jerusalem District Court.
In March 1983 he was appointed a Supreme Court acting judge.
In April 1984 he was appointed a Supreme Court judge.
Additional Public Positions
He served as Chair of the Israeli Central Elections Committee for the 12th Knesset.
He was a member of the Criminal Procedure Committee and afterwards served as its Chair; was a member of the Shamgar Commission, the commission of inquiry into the Cave of the Patriarchs’ events; was a member of the Committee for the Matter of Conviction based on Confession Only and for the Matter of the Case for Retrial; was the Chair of the Committee Examining the Structuring of Judicial Discretion During Sentencing.
On May 26th, 1998 Eliezer Goldberg was elected by the members of Knesset to the office of State Comptroller and Ombudsman for a period of seven years. He served in this position from July 5th, 1998 until July 4th, 2005.
Public Activities and Expressions of Esteem following his Tenure
In 2006 Eliezer Goldberg received an award from the Movement for Quality Government in Israel.
During the years 2008-2013 he served as the Ombudsman for the Israeli Judiciary. At the same time, he lectured at Sapir College in the course, Oversight of State Institutions.