Dalya Kaufman presided the panel, Amir Dahan and a woman whose name we don't know were the other judges.
14 cases were scheduled for this day and we heard 5 of them before the lunch break.
At 10:35 the electricity went off, the judges retreated and returned at 11:00.
Dalya Kaufman is a very energetic and effective president. She tries to uphold some order, addresses the defendants personally by name, makes sure that they understand every detail of the indictment and speaks sometimes in Arabic to them.
Everything is done as if this was a regular court. There are judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, interpreters, typists and even a public (2 representatives of the defendant's family and we), which means that the court has nothing to hide. There is only one little blemish, namely that the defendant has only 0.3% chances to be found not guilty (of 9123 cases concluded in the military courts in the year 2006, only in 23 cases the defendant was found to be not guilty. See Yesh Din report from December 2007 "Backyard Proceedings" )
Another aspect we observed was the fact that in none of the 5 sessions any evidence was presented, although this was supposed to be the task of the hearings. The evidentiary session was delayed, and the scheduling of alternative dates was discussed by the 3 judges, the defence lawyer and the prosecution with great ardor as if this was the most important activity of the court.
In the last session of the morning the defense lawyer Samara complained that he could not find the material concerning a witness of the prosecution in the file of his defendant for over 6 months . The prosecutor was angered about this complaint and argued that Samara just could have asked her and she would have produced the material, which can probably be found in the file of the defendant's partner. Amir Dahan, the second judge, came to Samara's aid and quoted a sentence from the protocol of 6 months ago, where the prosecution was ordered to 'make!' the witness account available to the defense. Dahan mentioned that the failure by the prosecution to provide material to the defense is happening for the fourth time this week.