Israel Has Most Lawyers in World Per Capita

August 4, 2011

Israel ranks first in the number of lawyers and 43rd in the number of judges, relative to the country’s population. It is also in 21st place in the number of civil cases filed, an internal report by Israel’s Courts Administration stated.

The report compared Israeli data from last year to comparable information from 55 other Western and Middle Eastern countries.
The information provides a statistical portrait of the handling of civil cases at the trial court level, but does not include domestic relations or labor matters. Last year, according to the report, Israel had an average of eight judges per 100,000 inhabitants. At the top of the country list by this measure was the tiny principality of Monaco, with 64 judges per 100,000 people. The Czech Republic had 29 judges per 100,000; Russia had 24; Ireland had seven; and the Palestinian Authority an average of slightly fewer than five judges per 100,000 people.
The 2010 statistics reflect a relative shortage of judges in Israel, taking into consideration the country’s population, the number of lawyers and the volume of civil files in the judicial system. On the other hand, Israel tops the list in the number of attorneys, with 585 per 100,000 residents. At the other end of the list, Scotland had five lawyers per 100,000 people.

Not so sure this is something to be proud of… and it isn’t surprising either.  It does show a high rate of education… I guess. I might be biased.