The Constitutional Court received the visit from 90 students of the Faculty of Law of Tulang Bawang University, Bandar Lampung, on Wednesday (19/6). The group was received by the Constitutional Justice Prof. H.A.S. Natabaya, S.H., L.LM. and expert staff of the Constitutional Court, Machmud Aziz.

According to the Rector of Tulang Bawang University, M. Mahrus. S.E., M.Si, the purpose of their visit was to have an understanding on the duties and authorities of the Constitutional Court, to foster constitutional awareness of the students especially the students of the Faculty of Law of Tulang Bawang University, and to later participate in disseminating information on the amendments to the 1945 Constitution.

In his speech, Natabaya explained that the Constitutional Court has four authorities, namely to conduct judicial review of laws against the 1945 Constitution at the first and final levels the decision of which is final, to decide upon disputes on the authorities of state institutions whose authorities are granted by the 1945 Constitution, to decide upon the dissolution of political parties, and to decide upon disputes on general election results.

“Aside from that, the Constitutional Court also has another obligation, namely to pass decision on the People’s Legislative Assembly’s opinion that the President and/or the Vice President has committed alleged violations in the form of treason, corruption, bribery, other serious criminal offences, or improper action, and/or no longer meeting the requirements to become President and/or Vice President as intended in the 1945 Constitution,” Natabaya explained.

Before ending the visit, Mahrus conveyed his intention to establish a Center of Constitutional Studies in Tulang Bawang University so that the students and the citizens of Bandar Lampung can have better understanding of the constitution and are able to develop their constitutional culture awareness in the future. “Currently, there are many citizens of Tulang Bawang who still don’t have the knowledge and understanding on the constitutional rights of Indonesian citizens,” he said. (Prana Patrayoga Adiputra)


Wednesday, June 20, 2007 | 18:55 WIB 198