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Judges strive to uphold dignity despite low pay

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 26 2012   /  12:48 pm

A few dozen judges from several areas recently came to Jakarta to protest their low salaries. Along with police, prosecutors and lawyers, judges are part of Indonesia’s widely criticized judiciary. The Jakarta Post’s Hasyim Widhiarto reports on the issue.

Exchange of promises: Administrative Reforms Minister Azwar Abubakar (far right) shakes hands with former Constitutional Court chief Jimly Asshidiqqie (center) and Judicial Commission member Jaja Ahmad Jayus after meeting with a group of judges from remote regions, who raised complaints about their low salaries. The judges met with the officials on April 10. JP/R. Bertho WedhatamaJudge Sunoto Ahmad, 31, is on the brink of giving up his job after six years in the courts.

Transferred from the Liwa District Court in Lampung to Aceh Tamiang District Court two years ago, the father-of-three said he has been struggling to ...