The datasets created by the Israeli Courts Research Division are provided in an electronic and re-usable form for the use and benefit of the scientific community and of the public at large. By publishing these datasets, we aim to advance and to enhance empirical-legal research in Israel, to cultivate the creation of a unified standard for such research, to promote transparency and accountability in the Israeli Judiciary, to encourage critical academic discourse regarding conclusions of ICRD research projects, and to provide a basis for the extension and updating of datasets.

A left-click on the name of the dataset will lead to an Excel or SPSS file which contains the data and the codebook (including variable values, definitions, measurement unit, valid range and missing values).

Terms and Conditions of Use:

  1. Any use of the data must be clearly accompanied by an attribution of the data source and the correct citation of the dataset.

  2. It is forbidden to present or edit the data in a misleading, incorrect, or biased manner.

  3. Use of the data must be in accordance with the sample size, the sample characteristics, and the statistic limitations of each dataset. Information pertaining to the samples and data sources is specified in the dataset table.

Dataset Title and Suggested Citation Research Based on the Dataset Dataset Description Data Sources and Sampling Methods
Civil Cases for the Evaluation of the Pilot Program "Consecutive Trial Hearings" in Civil Cases in the Jerusalem District Court Dataset

Gali Aviv and Inbal Galon "ISRAELI COURTS RESEARCH DIVISION" (June 2015)
The Evaluation research of the Pilot Program Consecutive Trial Hearings in Civil Cases in the Jerusalem District Court. [In Hebrew] The dataset contains a sample of 397 civil proceeding cases filed in the six District Courts in Israel between 2009 and 2011, and disposed of before July 2014. This database contains 34 variables on pretrial hearings, trial hearings, summation type, requests, and more.

The dataset is based on two representative samples of civil cases that were filed in 2009, 2010, 2011, and were closed before July 2014. The first sample included 147 cases that were heard in the Jerusalem District Court, where the pilot program took place; the second sample included 250 cases that were heard in the other five District Courts. The confidence level of the sample is above 95% and the sampling error is 7%.
Israeli Criminal Proceedings Dataset
Oren Gazal-Ayal and Keren Weinshall-Margel "Israeli Criminal Proceedings Dataset" Israeli Courts Research Division and Haifa University - The Center for the Study of Crime, Law and Society (May 2012)
Conviction and Acquittal Rates in Israel [in Hebrew] The dataset presents descriptive information regarding indictments filed against 2,012 defendants in criminal proceedings in magistrate and district courts. 236 variables were coded for each indictment, and these include various characteristics of the indictment and of the defendant, representation, the stages of the criminal proceeding, and the outcomes of the proceeding.

The data is based on a sample of 1,417 criminal cases from magistrate courts and 244 criminal cases from district courts (acting as a court of first instance), which were resolved between May 2010 and May 2011. These cases constitute about 3% of all "criminal cases" resolved during this period in magistrate courts and about 13% of all "criminal cases" and "severe criminal cases" resolved in district courts during this period. The confidence level of the sample is above 95% and the sampling error is below 5%.

Comparative Dataset of Legal Systems (2008 Data)

Keren Weinshall-Margel "Comparative Dataset of Legal Systems" Israeli Courts Research Division (July 2011)
A Comparative Evaluation of Case Loads in Legal Systems [in Hebrew] The dataset includes 37 quantifying variables referring to legal systems of 47 European countries; Mediterranean countries; and all U.S. states. These variables include case loads in the legal system, numbers of judges, lawyers and cases (standardized per 100,000 inhabitants), length of proceedings, and more.

For details regarding data sources and variable definitions, please refer to the ancillary document "Definitions for the Comparative Dataset of Legal Systems".
Judicial Workloads in Israel (Case Weights) Dataset

Keren Weinshall-Margel "Judicial Workloads in Israel (Case Weights) Dataset" Israeli Courts Research Division (June 2013)
Case Weights for the Assessment of Judicial Workloads in Israel The case weights dataset provides information regarding the average judicial workloads in 101 "case types" in magistrate courts, district courts, and regional labor courts. A "case type" is defined in accordance with the instance, the proceeding type, and the procedure / categorization under which the case is filed in the courts.

The data required to establish the case weights (average event frequency and average event time) was obtained using four individual research designs:

1. Delphi Method - We held five different "focus groups" of judges, using the Delphi method, in order to obtain data regarding the average amount of judicial time invested in preparing for cases and in writing decisions. All in all, 51 judges took part in these groups. These judges proportionally represented the different instances (magistrate, district, and labor courts), regions, and areas of law as distributed in the Israeli courts.

Israeli Civil Proceedings Dataset

Keren Weinshall-Margel and Ifat Taraboulos "Israeli Civil Proceedings Dataset" Israeli Courts Research Division (April 2014)

Court Costs and Cost Shifting in Civil Proceedings in Israel The dataset provides descriptive information regarding 2,000 civil proceeding cases in 10 magistrate and district courts (while acting as a court of first instance). 201 variables were coded for each case. These variables cover a wide range of case characteristics and issues, such as sought and granted remedies, temporary injunctions, requested and received court costs, motions, hearings, witnesses and expert witnesses, and more.

The cases in the sample constitute approximately 2% of all civil proceeding cases resolved between December 2008 and December 2011 in 10 courts: Four district courts: Tel Aviv, Central, Jerusalem, and Be'er Sheva, Six magistrate courts: Haifa, Petah Tikva, Herzliya, Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and Be'er Sheva. The confidence level of the sample is above 95% and the sampling error is below 6%.