STIH Garut Students Visit The Court

Constitutional Justice, Muhammad Alim received a visit from students of School of Law (STIH) Garut, West Java led by Itje Fatima Momon as the Chairperson of STIH, on Thursday (10/2/11).

Jakarta, MKOnline - Constitutional Court (The Court), represented by the Constitutional Justice, Mohammad Alim received a visit from students of School of Law (STIH) Garut, West Java, on Thursday (10 / 2). During the meeting, Alim explained about the authority of the Court. 

Alim, among others, explained the mechanism of a petition in the Court. He said, before reaching the verdict, the applicant will go through several stages. Until finally Panel of Justices provided advice to the Petitioner related to the substance and structure of the petition. "Panel of Justices also give advices to the Petitioner. But it's up to Petitioner to accept the advices or not," said Alim to the students with red jackets. 
After that, the Petition was given 14 days to make improvements. Petitioner could continue or withdraw the petition or application. The next stage, the Panel reported to the Plenary Justice consisting of nine constitutional justices. 

After the Plenary Court held a deliberative meeting on the case, the Court's decision would then be read and published. Nine-judge constitution might not all have the same opinion in deciding the case. However, the Court's decision was a decision made by popular vote. And if any justices disagreed, it (the opinion) would be read and published at the same opportunity. "It's called dissenting opinion. That is allowed in the Constitutional Court. In the past, justices with different opinion would only be recorded and confidential so as not to be announced. Now it is announced, "said Alim. 

This could happen because the law in Indonesia used to adhere to the Civil Law System adopted by the Dutch. As a Dutch colony, Indonesia then followed it. In the Civil Law System, the term of dissenting opinion was not known. Unlike the Common Law System adopted by British colonial countries who knew the term dissenting opinion. 

During the visit, Alim also explained that for the Court’s session, which has no branch in the area, video conference was provided a tool of the trial. With the video conference, the participants of the session who came from areas far away from Jakarta could still follow the process without having to go to Jakarta. Video conference facilities were located in law faculties at state universities in many areas. "Everything is free in using the video conference. Everything has been paid by the state. (People) will only pay the cost to go the university, "said Alim. 

At the end of the meeting, Alim handed over a Comprehensive Manuscript on the Amendment 1945 Constitution Revised Edition, which consists of Book I to Book IX, compiled by the Secretary General and Registrar of Court for the Faculty of Law STIH Garut. Alim also providde a memento of his own essay book entitled "Principles of Modern Law in Islam". (Yusti Nurul Agustina/mh/YDJ)

Monday, February 14, 2011 | 14:26 WIB 228