House Endorses Revision of Constitutional Court Law
Vice Speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad (far left) presides over a Plenary Session at Plenary Meeting Room, Nusantara II Building, Senayan, Jakarta, Tuesday (1/9/2020). Photo : Runi/Man
In a Plenary Session presided over by House Vice Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives Sufmi Dasco Ahmad, the House has finally passed a Bill on the Third Revision on Law Number 24 of 2003 on the Constitutional Court into law. The law regulates the composition and authority of the Constitutional Court (MK), the procedures for the appointment and dismissal of judges, and the chief and deputy chief judge terms of office.
All factions attending the meeting either virtually or physically at the Plenary Meeting Room, Nusantara II Building, Senayan, Jakarta on Tuesday, 1/9/2020 agreed to endorse the bill.
On that occasion, the House’s Leaders also expressed their appreciation to the Leaders and Members of Commission III of the House, Law and Human Rights Minister, State Apparatus and Bureaucratic Reform Minister, and Finance Minister for their roles and cooperation during the deliberation of the bill.
Previously, Vice Chairperson of Commission III of the House and Chairperson of MK Bill Working Committee Adies Kadir reported that the committee had formulated and synchronized all materials of the bill. The Politician of Golkar Party also provided further explanation on the revision on the minimum age requirements as well as procedures to appoint judge candidates.
“Revisions are made on the minimum age, requirements and procedures for selecting judges, addition of new provisions on the elements for the Court’s Honorary Council members, regulation on transitional provisions to guarantee legal certainty for constitutional judges who are currently still in office to carry out the mandate constitutionally in guarding the Constitution,” stated Kadir.
He also reported that there are 121 points on the Problem Inventory List (DIM) that had been submitted by the government consisting of 101 problems that were declared fixed, 8 problems that were editorial, 10 problems that were substantial, and 2 problems that were considered new.
On the same occasion, the Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna H. Laoly expressed his hope that the revision of the bill could optimize the roles of the Constitutional Court as the sole interpreter and the guardian of the Constitution that is in line with the expectations of justice seekers. He also thanked all parties involved in the deliberation of the bill.
“We, as the representatives of the President attending this plenary session, by thanking to God the Almighty, hereby state that the President has agreed on the Bill on the Third Revision of Law No 24 Year 2003 on Constitutional Court to be passed into Law,” declared Laoly in conclusion of the meeting.