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Jakarta Post

High hopes for new justice

  • Ina Parlina and Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 9 2012   /  08:36 am

M. Hatta Ali won the election to be the next chief justice of the Supreme Court on Wednesday, pledging to improve the integrity of the nation’s highest court.

“Currently, the court is implementing some of its most monumental programs. I am determined to maintain them, because it is the first time that the court has established a five-chamber system,” Hatta said after winning 24 out of 54 votes cast by his fellow justices to secure victory.

Hatta referred to a system introduced by incumbent chief justice Harifin A. Tumpa in August that established criminal, civil, religious, administrative and military high courts.

The next chief justice pledged to resolve the court’s current backlog.

Hatta, a native of Makassar, South Sulawesi, will replace Harifin on March 1, when the latter is expected to retire.

Harifin said that Hatta won the vote in a ...