Several law students of the University of Indonesia are paying serious attention to the speech given during their visit to the Constitutional Court building.
Jakarta, MKOnline - Around 80 students of the Law Faculty of the University of Indonesia (FHUI) Jakarta visited the Constitutional Court (The Court), Thursday (23/9/2010). This visit was aimed at gaining more comprehensive understanding on the Constitutional Court.
The group was welcomed by Pan Mohammad Faiz at the conference room in the 4th floor. The staff of the Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court who was also the alumni of FHUI felt a sense of nostalgia with his almamater. “We learn together, therefore please do not take this as a lecture,” said Faiz when greeting the students in their yellow jackets.
On this occasion, Faiz explained the history of the establishment of the Constitutional Court. “Theoretically, the Constitutional Court was established because our country adopts not only the concept of democracy or people’s sovereignty, but also nomocracy or legal sovereignty. Historically, the establishment of the Constitutional Court was initiated by Marbury vs Madison case in the United States of America,” explained Faiz.
Faiz also described the position of the Court with other state institutions. “The Court assumes an equal position with the State Audit Board, the President, the People’s Consultative Assembly, the House of Representatives, the Regional Representative Council and the Supreme Court. It does not stand above or below other institutions. These seven institutions are referred to as the State High Institution,” he said.
The Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia was established in 2003 after the amendment to the 1945 Constitution. The Court was formed to meet the need for an institution to serve as the guardian of the constitution and democracy. As The Court has four authorities, namely to conduct judicial review, to decide upon the dissolution of political parties, the results of general elections, dispute on the authorities of the state institutions and one obligation, namely to decide upon the House of Representatives’ opinion on Presidential impeachment, the Court’s existence plays a vital role in Indonesia state administration system. (Yazid/Koen)
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