Nahariya / A Courtroom That's Seen Better Days

The Nahariya Magistrate's Court is at the western end of town on Maskit Street in a quiet neighborhood. The two-story building looks old, but is clean and relatively well-maintained, as if representing a more modest time.

Unlike most courthouses it has one entrance for everyone, judge and ordinary citizens like.

The weather is hot and the air-conditioning is working well, but Judge Eliezer Shchory has placed an extra little electric fan in front of him anyway.

The lack of access for the disabled is stark: To get to the guard's station is three steps down and four steps up; those with trouble walking are better off not even trying to get into the building's single courtroom.

The courthouse secretary, a 20-year veteran, is surprised to see a journalist on the premises, as the courthouse rarely hears any cases that get serious press.

Most of the cases before the court involve planning and construction issues, financial entanglements and family problems.

The lion's share comes from Nahariya; only a few are from surrounding communities.