Fully 30 percent of public complaints made in 2022 against state prosecutors, including the State Attorney’s Office and the Israel Police, were found to be justified, a state ombudsman for public complaints related to the justice system finds.
Such complaints include some severe shortcomings, including one incident in which a sexual assault case involving four complainants was closed without the state attorney responsible for the case informing the complainants before the decision was finalized, as is required.
In another incident, a state attorney closed a case despite the fact that video footage from police body cameras was missing from the file and when investigative evidence indicated that such footage existed. A request by the complainant to reopen the case and use the video footage was rejected by the State Attorney’s Office.
The ombudsman says 55% of all the justified complaints related to the State Attorney’s Office, 20% to the police, 6% to the Attorney General’s Office, and the remainder split between independent prosecutors hired by the Attorney General’s Office and those in the disciplinary department of the Civil Service.
In 93% of the cases, decisions regarding complaints were made within one year, and the average time taken to deal with a complaint was 34 days.