Senior rabbis urged to resign after contempt of court ruling upheld

5019Source: The Guardian


Senior rabbis have been described by a child sexual abuse survivor as a “law unto themselves” and urged to resign from the peak body of Orthodox rabbis in Australia after being found guilty of contempt of court for pressuring a community member to bypass secular authorities.

Earlier in December, the New South Wakes court of appeal upheld a decision of the supreme court of NSW, which found that four rabbis from the Rabbinic Council of Australia and New Zealand including its president Rabbi Moshe Gutnick were guilty of criminal contempt of court after attempting to interfere with the administration of justice.

The court found Gutnick along with Rabbi Eli Schlanger, Rabbi Yehoram Ulman and Rabbi Michael Chriqui had pressured a member of their community, Reuven Barukh, not to attend a secular court to resolve a commercial business dispute and to instead have the case heard in accordance with Jewish religious law at a Beth Din.

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