The Constitutional Court had a visit from the students and lecturers of the Faculty of Law of Bengkulu University on Monday (3/9/2007). The group of students accompanied by Mancik, S.H, M.H., Deputy Dean III of the Faculty of Law of Bengkulu University was welcomed by Constitutional Court Justice Dr. Harjono, S.H., MCL accompanied by the Head of Public Relations Division of the Constitutional Court, Bambang Witono, S.H.    


Mancik, as the Deputy Dean III of the Faculty of Law of Bengkulu University who was also the leader of the group stated that the visit was intended to widen the knowledge and experience of the students, especially concerning the constitution and the Constitutional Court. In addition, the visit was expected to give the students the knowledge about the legal practices directly. "This is intended as a supplement to the theories so far obtained in the campus,” he remarked.


On that occasion, Dr. Harjono explained that the establishment of the Constitutional Court has been the result of the post-reform amendment to the 1945 Constitution. According to Dr. Harjono, the Amendment to the 1945 Constitution in response to the demand from the people has brought about significant changes in Indonesian State Structure system. At the same time, the students asked about the need for and the functions the Constitutional Court following the fourth amendment. Haryono explained that there is an aspiration that Indonesia is made as a county adopting the principles of Constitutional Democracy and Rule of Law, having a feature of Constitutionalism with the principle of Constitutionality of Law. “Constitutionalism can be implemented if the constitution is truly manifested in actual practice so that it needs to be guarded. Based on this view the Constitutional Court has been established“, affirmed Harjono.


Such safeguard is, according to Harjono, reflected in the authorities granted by the 1945 Constitution to the Constitutional Court namely to conduct judicial review of laws against the Constitution, to decide upon disputes over the authorities among state institutions whose authorities are granted by the Constitution, to decide on the dissolution of political parties, to decide on disputes concerning the results of general elections as well as impeachment of the President and/or Vice President. (Ame/Widi/Yoga).

Monday, September 03, 2007 | 17:34 WIB 225
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