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House in spotlight over plan to revise Constitutional Court Law

  • Galih Gumelar and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sun, April 12, 2020   /  01:44 pm
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Constitutional Court justices read out their ruling for the 2019 presidential election dispute in Central Jakarta on June 27, 2019.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Experts have raised questions over the House of Representatives’ move to amend the Constitutional Court (MK) Law, especially as the revision may harm justices’ independence and discourage the public from exercising their rights to challenge potential controversial laws currently being deliberated by lawmakers. According to the draft bill, MK justices can hold their position until they the age of 70, 10 years longer than the maximum age for justices set in the existing 2011 Constitutional Court Law. The minimum age of justices, however, has also been revised from 47 to 60 years old. Nor can they be replaced, as the bill scraps a provision stipulating that justices can serve for only five years and must be reelected for another term. The bill also decreases the number of members of the MK honorary council — a body overseeing matters ranging from justices&rsq...