Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch
Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch

According to a poll released Wednesday, a majority of Israelis see the civil justice system as at least partially corrupt.

The poll, carried out among 468 respondents, shows that 54 percent of Israelis feel there is corruption in Israel's justice system, while 13 percent said there is no corruption.

Religiously observant respondents, as well as those earning below the national average, were most adamant about the corruption of the system.

Asked about the main reasons for the problems with the justice system, 27 percent cited the Supreme Court’s involvement in matters its authority did not previously govern. On the other hand, 23 percent of the respondents said that attempts by Kadima-appointed Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann and other ministers to restrict the Supreme Court are the source of the problems.

Friedmann, a critic of the Supreme Court, has suggested and moved forward with several reforms aimed at curtailing the unchecked nature of the court’s authority. Though opposed by Chief Justice Dorit Beinisch, Friedmann says his reforms will actually increase the court’s stature by restoring the public’s trust in the legal body.

Thirty-seven percent believe that the authority of the Supreme Court should indeed be limited; 24 percent say it should be left the way it is, and 27 percent believe its authority should actually be expanded.

The survey was carried out by Market Watch for a conference marking 60 years of Israeli jurisprudence. It will be presented in full at the event, which will be held at the Shaarei Mishpat College.