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Lawmakers doubt quality of Supreme Court justices, judge candidates

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 30, 2016   /  06:02 am
Lawmakers doubt quality of Supreme Court justices, judge candidates House of Representatives Commission III chairman Bambang Soesatyo (left) shakes hands with National Police chief Comr. Gen. Tito Karnavian in Jakarta. (Tribunnews.com/Theresia Felisiani)

Lawmakers expressed dissatisfaction toward most candidates for Supreme Court justices and ad hoc judge for the corruption court that have recently undergone fit-and-proper tests at the House of Representatives Commission III overseeing legal affairs.

Commission III member Masinton Pasaribu said four candidates who had gone through the fit-and-proper test last Thursday, were not of outstanding quality in terms of their professionalism and knowledge as leading judges.

The background CV of three more candidates who went through the fit-and-proper test on Monday were also mediocre, Masinton said, adding that they did not have the competences the House expected of them.

"There are now some issues at the Supreme Court and what we want is to have chief justices who can regain the public’s trust. Yet if the candidates are [unsatisfying] we can only be pessimistic," Masinton said on Monday.

Meanwhile, Commission III chairman Bambang Soesatyo said from the test process, the commission had found several candidates who were good enough, but he said there were many who did not fulfill the lawmakers' expectations.

"There are three [good] candidates, one candidate for the ad hoc judge position for the corruption court and two candidates for chief justice positions," Bambang said, adding that the commission would conclude the process on Tuesday. (bbn)

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