Coordination Meeting of the Constitutional Court with Indonesian Centers for Constitutional Study and Administrators of Video Conference
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Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court (The Court) Mahfud MD opens the Coordination Meeting of the Constitutional Court with Indonesian Centers for Constitutional Study and Administrators of Video Conference, Jakarta (19/11).


Jakarta, MKOnline - Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court (The Court) Mahfud MD hopes that the Centers of Constitutional Studies can participate in the socialization and development of constitutional studies. 

“It is certain that in terms of theories, constitutional issues will always be discussed. It is even likely that before we finish counting these ten fingers, there are already concrete steps emerging for the amendment to the constitution,” said Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court, Mahfud MD before officially opened the event, “Coordination Meeting of the Constitutional Court with Indonesian Centers for Constitutional Study and Administrators of Video Conference”, Friday (19/11) at Hotel Sultan, Jakarta. 

Mahfud said that until 1998, there was no one who dreamed to amend the constitution. But now, it turns out that the constitution can be amended, moreover, if the situation demands it.

“The amendment can be made much easier today compared to the past. Here lies the need for Centers for Constitutional Studies that always studying what is developing very time in terms of ideas on the constitution,” Mahfud said.

Mahfud said further that the constitution is the mother of all laws. Therefore, Mahfud said, a constitutional expert must understand all kinds of laws, be that criminal, civil or international, at least he/she must understand the foundations. 

Subsequently, with regard to video conference facilities, Mahfud continued, they were initially intended to facilitate long-distance and live hearings, such as the hearing of the Court with some regions. However, such facilities may be used for law practice by students, in addition to the requests from several universities to follow constitutional lectures through video conference facilities. 

“Thus there are centralized lectures which can be used by everyone,” Mahfud added. 

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Constitutional Court Janedjri M. Gaffar said that the “Coordination Meeting of the Constitutional Court with Indonesian Centers for Constitutional Study and Administrators of Video Conference” held on November 19-20, 2010 will discuss in detail the implementation of various cooperation programs. It is expected that the weaknesses or advantages of various cooperation programs may be identified in this meeting. 

“By knowing the weaknesses and advantages of the various cooperation programs, we can make them as materials for evaluation,” Janedjri added in front of around 140 participants of the event. 

With regard to the video conference technology facility of the Constitutional Court, Janedjri said, this technology was built and developed by the Constitutional Court in order to support the proper flow of implementation of the Court’s constitutional duties, among other things to support the proper flow of the hearing, especially long-distance hearings. 

“The technology can also be used for the implementation of long-distance hearings, broadcasting live the hearings in the Constitutional Court, the digitalizing of documents, online case filing, online case consultation as well as the socialization of the procedural law of the Constitutional Court. Including being used for the development of legal information center,” Janedjri concluded. (Nano Tresna A.)


Monday, November 22, 2010 | 07:52 WIB 221