State Senior High School 3 of Surakarta Goes to Court

A student, Lantika asked the source speaker from The Court represented by Head of Case Administration Division, Muhidin when the group of students from State Senior High School 3 of Surakarta visited The Court, Wednesday (2/3).

Jakarta, MKOnline - The Constitutional Court (The Court) was passive in dealing with cases. The Court would not advise or asked an act to be examined or annulled. “The handling of a judicial review or other cases in The Court should begin with an application from disadvantaged parties.” That was emphasized by Head of Case Administration Division of The Court, Muhidin, during a short lecture for 59 students from State Senior High School 3 of Surakarta, Wednesday (2/2) in the Education and Training Room, 8th Floor of The Court.

Muhidin’s statement was the answer to a question from one of the participants, Kris, who asked about the procedure of having a case in The Court. Muhidin then continued by explaining about the steps to have a case, beginning with submitting an application, case registering until decision reading. “To have a case at The Court is free, no money charges,” he added.

Besides that, Muhidin also explained about the background on the establishment of The Court and the dynamics of Indonesian constitutionalism after the amendment of the 1945 Constitution. He also delivered several things on the ease of access and the supporting facilities that The Court had provided to the parties having a case of The Court, especially to the justiciabelen (justice seekers). “The Court had a vicon facilities that could be used to hold a remote trial session,” he said.

The lecture was even more livelier by the involvement of the students in the discussion. The students were not only asking questions but also answering the questions raised by Muhidin. One of them, Lantika, fluently answered Muhidin question on the difference between a Perppu (Government Regulation in Lieu of Law) and a PP (Government Regulation). “Perppu is made by the President in a forging emergency, but not the PP,” she answered. “Perppu will become an Act should it be approved by the Parliament in the following hearing.” She added.

“How does a Petitioner withdraw their application, when it has been or is being examined by the Board of Justice?” asked one of the participants, Hana. Muhidin then answered that the Petitioner could asked for a withdrawal application to the Board of Justice, but the decision whether or not the examination of the case to be continued lies on the hands of the Board of Justice. “It will be brought to the Justice Deliberation Meeting first to be decided,” answered Muhidin. According to him, if the justices decide on favour of continuing examination  then the application for a withdrawal is rejected, and that goes the way around.

The group of X-accelerated class students were accompanied by eight teachers. One of them is the Principal of the school, Ngadiyo and the Program Secretary, Zainal Makarim. “The visit is to understand the role of The Court and to give more and deepen the students’ knowledge,” expressed Zainal. In that occasion, Ngadiyo was appointed as a moderator (Dodi/mh/YDJ)

Wednesday, March 02, 2011 | 15:51 WIB 291