Trust in Justice System Takes a Dive - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Trust in Justice System Takes a Dive

Published October 21, 2010

General trust in the justice system in Iceland has taken a serious decline, with the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights itself taking the biggest hit.
According to a poll conducted by Market and Media Research, general trust in the justice system as a whole has taken a dip to 33.1%. However, trust in the Ministry of Justice itself has dropped from 42.3% in 2009 to 24.5% today.
While trust in other institutions also took a dip or remained relatively unchanged, other parts of the justice system saw their trust increase. For example, trust in the state police increased from 47.1% in 2009 to 52% today. 77.6% of respondents said they trust the Coast Guard a great deal. Trust in the Special Prosecutor also saw a slight increase, to 54.8% today.
Overall trust in the government has been at an all-time low lately, with a recent Gallup poll showing only 9% of respondents saying they trust the government a great deal. However, the greatest sources of dissatisfaction are directed at the IMF, the Financial Supervisory Authority, and the banking system.

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