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Israel: Increased Authority for Execution of Judgments and Other Adjustments

(Feb. 17, 2011) On January 31, 2011, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed an amendment to the Execution Law, 5727-1967. The amendment law gives the Registrar of Execution of Judgments the authority to subpoena persons for an inquiry on their payment ability (an affordability inquiry). According to the bill's explanatory notes, the increased authority is designed to facilitate the work of the Registrar in light of the heavy workload of offices of execution of judgments in Israel.

The amendment adds proper training as a condition for licensing of execution officers, supplementing the existing requirements of being qualified as attorneys or accountants with five years of experience. The amendment also updates the language in the earlier text of the law having to do with the availability of information in the National Population Registry. (Execution Law (Amendment No. 32), 5771-2011 & bill, the Knesset website, &, respectively (both in Hebrew & both last visited Feb. 15, 2011).)