Yosef Shapira served in the IDF as a radar technician in the Air Force. In 1971 he completed his law studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and received a Master’s degree in criminology from the University of Leicester in England. He also holds a graduate diploma in Computer Law from Bar-Ilan University and completed a mediation course at Kiryat Ono Academic College.
He performed reserve duty as a military judge in a military court in the West Bank and Gaza Strip (1985-1989), and from 1989-1990 served as president of the military court in the West Bank with the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1995-2003 he was a member of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Israel Police and from 1995-1999 served as Chairman of the Disciplinary Court Bar Association in Jerusalem.
From 2001-2003 Shapira was a public representative in antitrust law at the Jerusalem District Court. In 2000-2003 he served as Vice Chairman of the National Disciplinary Court of the Bar Association. During the years 2004- 2006 he served on the General Staff military court with the rank of Colonel (res.). From 2003-2006 he served on the Military Court of Appeals in the West Bank and from 2007- 2012 on the IDF Military Court of Appeals. From 2003-2012 he also served as a judge in the District Court of Jerusalem. He was elected on May 2012 by the Knesset to serve as State Comptroller and Ombudsman, and was sworn in to a seven year term on July 4, 2012.
(from the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs)