Lonely Man of Cake

May 13, 2007

Israeli Citizens Most Litigious in all of Europe

Filed under: Israel — lonelymanofcake @ 4:40 pm

No surprises here. Some Israelis are known to go hotels and search tirelessly for the duration of their stay to find a way to sue the hotel in small claims court for distress (עוגמת נפש) resulting from some minor fault in the hotel. (Yet others use the potential for suing as leverage to bully compensation out of the hotel.)

Israelis file more than 184 cases per-1000 citizens, making Israeli citizens the most litigious in all of Europe. (Since when is Israel part of Europe?) Many of these claims are no doubt facilitated by Israel’s notorious small claims court system, which allows any citizen to file suit against anyone in exchange for a small fee, and without the need for a lawyer. Want to sue someone? Fill out the form here, bring it to your local post office, and let the justice system do the rest.

This judges in this tiny country have 2,335 cases, on average, filling their dockets each year.  Only Irish judges have more, with 3,814 per-year.  Given that Ireland and Israel have similar population figures, this discrepancy would seem to stem from a judge shortage in Ireland.



  1. Wow – that’s weird.

    I just had a dream this shabbat afternoon, and the only thing I remember from it (and I usually don’t remember anything from my dreams), was that a way to solve the “yiheye b’seder” attitude problem in Israel would be to make it easier to sue here. More like America in that regard.

    Do you have any stats about how America compares to Israel and the European countries?

    Comment by Dave (Balashon) — May 14, 2007 @ 6:50 am | Reply

  2. It’s funny you mention it, because a small claims court system in the USA would probably mitigate the pervasive phenomenon of frivolous lawsuits demanding millions over nothing. The downside is what we have here: overworked judges acting like domestic police and perpetuating the darker attitudes of some elements of Israeli society.

    Comment by lonelymanofcake — May 14, 2007 @ 7:25 pm | Reply

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