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House passes amendments to Constitutional Court law

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 22 2011   /  07:00 am

The House of Representatives has passed a revision of the Constitutional Court Law that includes some significant changes to the court’s authority.

Activists and scholars, however, see the amendments as limiting the powers of the court and posing a potential threat to the court’s independence in handling future cases.

“We have agreed to pass the Constitutional Court law revision through this plenary meeting,” House Deputy Speaker Priyo Budi Santoso said Tuesday.

He said the House, in cooperation with the government, had made some serious changes to the law.

One controversial amendment is that the Constitutional Court will no longer be allowed to issue a ruling other than on the subject requested by those who pressed the charges, in legal terms known as an ultra petita ruling.

“The court often moves far beyond its authority by making a new lega...