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Hope for effective judicial oversight pinned on new bill

  • Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 1 2016   /  08:45 am

Since its establishment in 2005, the Judicial Commission has had most of its recommendations ignored by the Supreme Court, in what could be seen as an attempt by the latter to resist reforms.

The commission, which was set up to oversee the judiciary, is hoping that the judge tenure bill, slated to be deliberated by the House of Representatives’ legal affairs commission in the near future, would change the situation.

To be fair, the Supreme Court has made efforts to reform itself, but it has yet to produce substantial results, with several judges recently convicted of corruption.

The Commission, according to its spokesman Farid Wajdi, is now pushing for the inclusion of the “shared responsibility” concept in the bill, which would allow it to become involved in the process of recruiting, promoting, assessing and monitoring lower court judges.

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