House, govt to deliberate judge tenure bill
Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Margareth S. Aritonang
The Jakarta Post
A House of Representatives hearing on Monday agreed to speed up the deliberation of a bill on judge tenure, which aims to reform Indonesia’s judiciary system.
Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly said the government had three important proposals for the bill.
These comprised: clear and strict stipulation of judges as government officials; the involvement of the Constitutional Court in the process of recruiting, promoting, assessing and monitoring lower court judges; and the rigid formulation of authority and responsibility between the Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court and the Judicial Commission to avoid confusion.
“The government will also prepare a proposal on the process to recruit and dismiss judges,” Yasonna told lawmakers in the meeting at the House’s Commission III, which oversees law and human rights affairs.
The judge tenure bill aims to amend the 2009 Judiciary Law, which is considered to have given the Supreme Court the power to block the reform efforts of the Judicial Commission.
The amendment is expected to recognize the concept of shared responsibilities among judicial institutions as stated in the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2011 guide on strengthening judicial integrity and capacity.
Commission III deputy chairman Trimedya Panjaitan, who led the meeting, said his commission would set up a special working committee that would handle the deliberation of the bill.
“We are still waiting for the Gerindra Party, the National Awakening Party and the National Mandate Party to submit the names of their representatives to join the committee,” he said. (ebf)
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