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Supreme Court inundated with cases amid shortage of justices

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 17, 2020   /  01:40 pm
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The Supreme Court building in Central Jakarta.(Courtesy of the Supreme Court/-)

The Supreme Court has said it has been inundated by an increasing number of cases as it struggles with a shortage of justices. “Currently, the ratio between the number of judges and the cases we receive is not ideal,” Supreme Court spokesman Abdullah told The Jakarta Post on Monday. “We typically receive around 20,000 cases each year that must be handled by around 40 Supreme Court justices. So you can imagine how overwhelmed we have been.” The country’s top court produced 20,058 rulings in 2019 compared to 17,638 in 2018, lifting its productivity rate to almost 99 percent from 95 percent the preceding year. Ninety-six percent, or more than 19,000, of the rulings were made in less than three months from the time the cases were received by the court. With its lack of justices, the court considers this an accomplishme...