Yosef Shapira (judge)

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Yosef Shapira

Yosef Shapira (Hebrew: יוסף שפירא‎; born 5 July 1945) is the State Comptroller of Israel, taking office on 4 July 2012.

Shapira was born in Jerusalem. He earned a law degree at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1971 and in 1972 was ordained as a lawyer. As part of his reserve duty, he served as a judge at the IDF's Military Court of Appeals, as a colonel. In 2000 he received a Master's degree in criminology from the University of Leicester in England. Between 2001–2003 he was Vice Chairman of the National Disciplinary Tribunal of the Israeli Bar Association. In July 2003 he was appointed a judge of HaShalom courts in the District of Jerusalem. In May 2005 he was appointed a judge of the District Court of Jerusalem.[1]

Among his most notable rulings one may find: the opening of the Karta parking lot for businesses on Shabbat, the 2007 ruling in favor of an appointment of an Arab director for the JNF,[2] and his 2008 ruling against the dismantling of Hamas in Jerusalem.[3]

Shapira is married and a father of three.[4]