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Jakarta Post

When Supreme Court is ignored, citizens lose access to justice

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 8 2011   /  08:00 am

The judiciary is not only perceived to be mired by graft allegations and a shortage of human resources, it is also seen as powerless, as Supreme Court rulings are being ignored by the very officials meant to enforce them.

As the highest judicial institution, the Supreme Court’s decisions are meant to be final and binding, but some lawyers say that sometimes they are regarded as anything but.

David Tobing, a lawyer who often represents public consumers, told The Jakarta Post recently that the Supreme Court’s rulings on civil and administrative cases did not guarantee the legal certainty. “It takes years before the rulings are enforced.”

He cited a court dispute that he won three years ago over the ownership of a building in Kuningan, South Jakarta. However, the ruling did not immediately end the dispute, he said. “I won the case in 2004, but for four year...