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Heavy task awaits new Supreme Court chief to tighten monitoring of judges 

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, April 8, 2020   /  08:32 am
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The Supreme Court building in Central Jakarta.(Courtesy of the Supreme Court/-)

A tough job now awaits M. Syarifuddin, who is about to start his new role as Supreme Court (MA) chief justice, with many saying that he needs to restore public faith in the country’s judicial system by imposing stern sanctions against judges who violate its code of ethics. Syarifuddin, formerly the deputy chief justice for judicial affairs, won the majority vote during an election held in a plenary meeting attended by 48 justices on Monday, which was live-streamed on YouTube because of the COVID-19 outbreak. Syarifuddin replaces M. Hatta Ali, who is retiring at the end of this month. Having served as chief justice at the country's highest court for eight years, Hatta has faced criticism for his failure in improving the judges’ compliance with the code of ethics. In 2019, for example, the Judicial Commission (KY) recommended sanctions against 130 judges for allege...