Supreme Court plans a new five-chamber system
The Supreme Court is planning to boost efficiency in handling cases by September through adopting a “five-chamber system”, in which justices with specific expertise would adjudicate cases they were most familiar with, an official said.
“We will adopt the new five chamber system by this September, after our national meeting, and soon will start to build it effectively,” court spokesperson Justice Hatta Ali told The Jakarta Post on Saturday.
The five chambers are criminal, civil, religion, administration and military.
According to Hatta, the court was overwhelmed by the surging number of cases on appeal. Each justice currently handles all cases, regardless of their expertise.
Data shows that there were 22,315 cases before the court in 2010. The court managed to cast its rulings on 13,885 cases, while the remaining 8,424 were pushed back to be processed this year. Those cases include handling case reviews, leniency requests, judicial reviews and cassation appeals.
“The new system will be more efficient. It is also expected to maintain the consistency of the verdict according to the expertise of each judge,” Hatta said.