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Jakarta Post

Judicial Commission finds justices an elusive lot

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 16 2011   /  08:00 am

Since its establishment in 2005, the Judicial Commission has summoned nine justices to be probed for alleged ethics violations. None answered their summonses, an official said on Friday.

“None of the nine justices ever appeared for our summons, either as witnesses or as the ones who were reported as having violated ethics,” commission spokesman Asep Rahmat Fajar told The Jakarta Post.

The law on the judicial commission mandates the commission to monitor judges and justices. They can accept reports from the public and follow them up by summoning the respective judges or justices.

The commission, which is tasked with overseeing judges, suffered a major blow to its authorities when the Constitutional Court in August 2006 granted a request filed by 31 Supreme Court justices to drop articles that gave the commission the power to investigate judges.

The ruling s...