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Jakarta Post

Legal uncertainty is caused by advocates

  • Sebastiaan Pompe

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 29 2011   /  08:00 am

In February 2011 one of the most prominent advocates in Jakarta, a darling of the international community, informed a foreign mission that the main reason for poor legal certainty in Indonesia is the fact that the Supreme Court does not publish its decisions.

This is something one hears quite often from the advocate community. In public statements, the media and publications, the Indonesian advocacy habitually blames the courts for legal uncertainty, and they point at the absence of published court decisions as the main reason.

In reality, in February 2011 the Supreme Court had 22,437 decisions on its website. That is more than the all decisions published by the Supreme Courts of the US, the Netherlands and Australia put together over the past ten years.

Indeed, it is more decisions than the number of decisions published by the US Supreme Court over the past hundr...