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Public faith in judicial system hits 7-year low, says poll

Haifa, Ben Gurion University researchers release perennial survey on public's faith in justice system, process and personnel; show steady decline in trust over past seven years

Tova Tzimuki
Published: 11.20.07, 09:56 / Israel News

The Israeli public has very little faith in its justice system, a joint Haifa and Ben Gurion University poll said Tuesday.

 

The perennial poll, conducted by Prof. Eran Vigoda-Gadot of the Haifa University and Dr. Shlomo Mizrahi of the Ben Gurion University, was the seventh of its kind.

 

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Spanning 574 participants, the polls surveyed the public's faith and trust in the judicial system, its court process and personnel. Those polled were asked to rank the categories on a scale of 1 (complete lack of trust) to 7 (full faith in performance).

 

The public, it seem, has little faith in the justice system in Israel as a whole – it scored 2.77 point. The judges and courts scored 3.2 points and the general staff at the State Prosecutor's Office came in with 3 points.

 

State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss did not fair much better: Both the State Comptroller's Office in general and the State Ombudsman, which is a department within the State Comptroller's Office, received their lowest score in seven years – 3.22 points and 3 points respectively.

 

The low scores for themselves are not surprising, said the survey, but both Vigoda-Gadot and Mizrahi expressed their concern over the continued decline in the public's faith in the judicial system.

 

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