Whose Jurisdiction?

Over this past winter break, I had the opportunity of participating in a study abroad program with Hamline University School of Law in Jerusalem. The course, Conflict Resolution from Religious Traditions, which was held at Hebrew University, discussed culture clashes and various ways in which to deal with the clash. However, the class also went into some detail about the court system in Israel, what the structure is, who deals with what issues etc. What I found to be the most fascinating difference between the American Legal System and Israeli legal system is that not all matters are tried in civil court from the onset of a case. Religious courts have jurisdiction over most family law issues but the issues may be appealed in secular civil courts.… <Read More>