David Mintz (judge)
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Early life and educationEdit
Mintz was born in the United Kingdom to a Jewish family, and emigrated to Israel with his family in 1970. He studied at the Midrashiyat Noam religious high school in Pardes Hanna-Karkur from 1974 to 1977. After graduating high school in 1977, he participated in the hesder program, which combines advanced religious studies with military service in the Israel Defense Forces, serving in the Armored Corps and studying at Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut. He was discharged from active service in 1982 and began studying law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1983 and graduated with an LLB in 1986. During his studies, he served as a research assistant to professors Eliav Sochetman and Berachyahu Lifschitz. In 1986, he clerked for Judge Yehuda Weiss, who was President of the Jerusalem District Court, and at the Supreme Court. In 1987, he interned at a law firm in Jerusalem, and studied for ordination as a rabbi at the Ariel Institute. Later, when he was already a judge, Mintz completed graduate studies in law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, earning an LLM in 2008 and a PhD in law in 2017.
Mintz also continued to serve as an officer in the military reserves, serving as a platoon commander, a deputy company commander, and a company commander. He was due to become a battalion commander in 1996 but was unable to fulfill this role due to having been appointed a judge, but continued to serve as a reserve officer in his armored division until 2010.
Mintz was admitted to the Israel Bar Association in 1987, and began practiced law as an attorney from 1987 to 1998, first as an associate and then as a partner in an independent law firm. In 1998, he was appointed a judge on the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court. In 2009, he was appointed registrar and acting judge at the Jerusalem District Court. He was appointed to be a judge on the Jerusalem District Court in 2011. He also serves as a lecturer on insolvency law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.