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CEPEJ Report on European Judicial Systems – 2016 Edition (2014 data) – a brief overview [in Hebrew] Gali Aviv and Shanee Benkin December 2016 In October 2016, the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) published the sixth biennial report on European judicial systems (efficiency and quality of justice). The report provides a detailed picture of the performance of the judicial systems, their budgets, the situation as regards judges, prosecutors and lawyers, and the organisation of courts in the 45 participating member States and Israel, as a non-member state of the Council of Europe with an observer status in CEPEJ.
The full report is available here; The data collected on Israel can be viewed here
For the first time, the commission carried out a thorough evaluation of the use of information technology (IT) in the judicial systems of the Council of Europe’s member states and Israel as part of the CEPEJ’s 2014-2016 cycle. This report can be viewed here.
Small Claims Court [in Hebrew] Gali Aviv and Inbal Galon September 2016 The goal of this research is to provide an accurate and broad picture of the functioning of small claims courts in the state of Israel; while contributing to the social, legal and management discourse on the roles, features and future perspectives of this court.

The methodological design used to achieve this goal was comprised of a quantitative analysis of a sample of 1,000 small claim cases that were resolved between January 2014 and December 2014; a qualitative analysis of interviews conducted with 100 litigants in small claims cases and 23 judicial officers presiding in small claims courts (judges, senior registrars and retired judges who sit in the courts occasionally); and a comparative analysis of small claim courts worldwide.

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Evaluation of the Supreme Court President's Directive regarding Continuance of Hearings in the Israeli Court System [in Hebrew] Gali Aviv and Inbal Galon May 2016 This research examines the Supreme Court President's directive on motions of continuance of hearings in the Israeli Courts System. This directive is the direct result of a previous research conducted by the Israeli Courts Research Division, regarding the scope of continuances of hearings as well as their characteristics, causes and effects on various aspects of the judiciary in Israel (published in 2013). The study estimates the extent of the phenomenon of continuance motions following the directive, both prior to the hearing, and at the time of the hearing itself; and examines the implementation of the main principles presented in the directive which were designed to optimize the requests and help prevent the protraction of court proceedings

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Evaluation of the Pilot Program for Evening Court Hearings in Israeli Magistrate Courts: Final Report [in Hebrew] Gali Aviv and Inbal Galon January 2015 This study evaluates the efficiency of the pilot program for evening court hearings in the two-year period since commencement of the pilot in 2012. As part of the pilot, civil cases of up to 75,000 NIS are heard by senior registrars in afternoon hearings (between 16:00 and 22:00), in civil magistrate courts of the Jerusalem and Central districts. The program's purpose is to reduce the backlog of civil cases, whilst improving the service rendered to court users, shortening waiting periods and reducing case lengths. This report is based largely upon the "Interim Report for the Evaluation of the Pilot Program for Evening Court Hearings in Israeli Magistrate Courts" prepared by Dr. Keren Weinshall-Margel and Inbal Galon [in Hebrew, October 2013].
An Empirical Study of the "Fast Track" Procedure in Israel [in Hebrew] Gali Aviv and Ifat Taraboulos January 2015 The Fast Track Procedure in the Israeli civil courts is used for cases being tried in the magistrate courts with a financial value of less than 75,000 NIS. The Civil Procedure Regulations - 1984, stipulate various guidelines and procedures for the pretrial and trial phases aimed at reducing the duration of these cases and minimizing the time and resources invested in them. This research empirically examines the Fast Track Procedure, with special emphasis on implementation of the timetables and the unique guidelines that accompany this Procedure.
Class Actions in Israel – an Empirical Perspective [in Hebrew] Alon Klement, Keren Weinshall-Margel, Ifat Taraboulos and þýRoni Avissar-Sade December 2014 This research describes the implementation of the Israel Class Actions Law of 2006, over a six-year period since its enactment.
CEPEJ Report on European Judicial Systems – 2014 Edition (2012 data) – a brief overview [in Hebrew] Gali Aviv and Ifat Taraboulos November 2014 In October 2014, the
European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ) published the fifth biennial report on European judicial systems (efficiency and quality of justice). The 2014 edition is based on data from 2012. For the first time, Israel has participated in the evaluation cycle as a non-member state of the Council of Europe with an observer status in CEPEJ. The full report is available here ;
The data collected on Israel can be viewed here .
Case Weights for the Assessment of Judicial Workloads in Israel [in Hebrew] Keren Weinshall-Margel, Inbal Galon and Ifat Taraboulos March 2014 Judiciaries worldwide are coping with increasing workloads and limited resources, and are thus searching for effective tools with which to allocate resources and proactively manage the courts. A valuable such tool is an empirical "case weight" measurement, which assesses and compares judicial workloads based on the average judicial time invested in different case types.
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Continuances of Hearings in the Israeli Court System [in Hebrew] Keren Weinshall-Margel and Ifat Taraboulos September 2013 The wide-spread practice of continuances in modern court systems is understood to be one of the primary causes of protracted court proceedings, thus decreasing the quality and the efficiency of justice.
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Case Weights for the Assessment of Judicial Workloads in Israel (PowerPoint presentation) Keren Weinshall-Margel, Inbal Galon and Ifat Taraboulos June 2013 Presented at the "Conference on Empirical and Experimental Legal Research", under the auspices of "Mishpatim" Law Review (The Hebrew University, June 2013). The full-text article is forthcoming in "Mishpatim" Law Review (2014).
Conviction and Acquittal Rates in Israel [in Hebrew] Oren Gazal-Ayal, Keren Weinshall-Margel and Inbal Galon May 2012 The research presents descriptive information regarding verdicts and sentences in criminal proceedings in Israel, with special emphasis on conviction and acquittal rates.
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Auto Damage and Subrogation Claims in Israel [in Hebrew] Keren Weinshall-Margel and Sharon Hershenson March 2011 Auto damage claims are claims resulting from property damage to vehicles in road accidents. Auto subrogation claims are a distinct category of auto damage claims.
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Reliability of Data From the Israeli Cases Routing and Online Management Software - “Net Hamishpat” [in Hebrew] Keren Weinshall-Margel, Talia Yehuda and Aviv Shirtz June 2011 The purpose of the study was to evaluate the reliability of information in "Net Hamishpat" regarding opening and closing details of cases, and to identify the factors influencing the level of reliability.
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Overlooked Factors in the Analysis of Parole Decisions Keren Weinshall-Margel and John Shapard October 2011 Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Available at: http://www.pnas.org/content/108/42/E833.full

A Comparative Review of Cost Shifting Practices in Civil Litigation - Towards an Empirical Study in Israel [in Hebrew] Keren Weinshall-Margel and Ifat Taraboulos February 2012 In this comparative review, we describe two primary cost shifting regimes - the “English rule” (the “loser pays” rule) and the “American Rule” (wherein each party bears its own fees), and their underlying rationales.
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A Comparative Evaluation of Case Loads in Legal Systems [in Hebrew] Keren Weinshall-Margel, Inbal Galon and Sharon Hershenson July 2011 A statistical portrait of the handling of civil cases at the trial court levels in Israel, 55 other Western and Middle Eastern countries and 51 U.S. state courts. The data compares, inter alia, caseloads, attorneys and judges per capita.