The late Judge Ya'acov Tsemach was president of the Jerusalem district court. He was succeeded on the bench by Judge Mousia Arad.
Born in Iraq, Tzemach immigrated to Israel following the establishment of the state. He studied law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and earned a doctorate at the University of Virginia in the United States. While serving as deputy president of the Jerusalem district court, Tsemach presided over the corruption trial of former Shas party leader Aryeh Deri. He convicted Deri of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust, and sentenced him to 14 years in prison.