10) Despite overtime, clothing allowance and rejuvenation days, salaries are
9) There are no jury trials.
8) Israeli prosecutors have to
petition the Supreme Court every three months to keep a defendant in jail
7) There is no yearly budget for each of the
prosecutor’s offices in the state. Therefore, all operating expenses and
requests for expenditures must be approved by the Office of the Justice Ministry
and all forfeiture funds go directly to state programs.
6) Since there is
no grand jury, Israeli prosecutors must draw up an indictment within five days
of the receipt of the file from the police department and defendants must be
tried within nine months of indictment.
5) There is no security in the
courtrooms unless defendant is in custody.
4) Poor and lenient sentencing
laws allow for maximum sentences but not minimum sentences unless it is a sexual
3) Trial witnesses must stand during their testimony unless they
request permission to sit.
2) If a defendant is found not guilty after
trial, he/she may sue the government for civil compensation.
i.e. loss of
job or divorce, etc.
1) After serving one third of their sentence,
convicted defendants are permitted to go on vacation from jail beginning with
eight hours and up to 72 hours.