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Jakarta Post

House begins selection of new Constitutional Court justice

  • Ina Parlina and Margareth S Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 28 2013   /  08:57 am

Three candidates are competing in front of the House of Representatives’ legal affairs commission to replace Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mahfud MD whose tenure ends in April.

The candidates are Arief Hidayat, a professor of law at Diponegoro University; lecturer at Borobudur University, Djafar Albram, and Gunung Jati State Islamic University’s sharia lecturer, Sugianto.

On Wednesday, the three completed the first stage of the selection process by presenting academic papers. The next step is a fit-and-proper test before the commission next week.

One candidate will be selected to join eight justices at the Constitutional Court. That nine will then decide who among themselves should replace Mahfud.

Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Indra asked for input form the public and civil societies on candidates’ track records to ensure all are able ...