Cause for concern. The judicial system
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

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.


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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