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Jakarta Post

Let’s save Indonesian judges, courts

  • Achmad Cholil

Melbourne   /   Thu, November 29 2012   /  09:19 am

Through social media networks, thousands of (mostly young) judges called for a movement to save the Indonesian judiciary last month. The movement, initiated by judge Sunoto of the Aceh Tamiang District Court via a Facebook group called Rencana Peserta Aksi Hakim (Judges Action Plan), aims to save the Supreme Court from the mafia, clean up the judiciary corps, promote judges of integrity and help reform-minded judges prosper.

This movement is timely, following a series of cases plaguing the Supreme Court and the entire judiciary force, including the arrest of Corruption Court judges who were caught accepting bribes in Semarang, the ambush of a judge who was enjoying drugs and lately, the sudden resignation of a Supreme Court justice held responsible for changing a jail sentence for a convicted drug producer.

This moral call has harvested support, if not a positive response, ...