Constitutional Court’s Authorities Concern Indonesian People

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Chief Justice Anwar Usman opening the 2021 Work Meeting of the Registrar’s Office and the Secretariat-General, Friday (11/26/2021) in Bogor. Photo by Humas MK/Ifa.

Saturday, November 27, 2021 | 05:30 WIB

BOGOR, Public Relations—The Constitutional Court’s (MK) authorities determined by the Constitution are related to the lives of the Indonesian people and nation. Therefore, it is obliged to render its rulings so that all Indonesian people would understand them, said Chief Justice Anwar Usman when opening the 2021 staff work meeting (raker) of the Registrar’s Office and the Secretariat-General of the Constitutional Court on Friday, November 26, 2021 in Bogor.

He hoped that the raker would facilitate all the Court’s elements to synergize and collaborate into making the Court worthy of more admiration and trust in the future.

“Therefore, through the 2021 Work Meeting, the improvement of infrastructure and facilities can be discussed so that the Court will be able to improve its future performance. This meeting can also be a forum to evaluate the Court’s performance in the previous year and to devise strategies in making even better plans for the following year,” he said before Secretary-General M. Guntur Hamzah and structural and functional officials of the Court.

Audit of Information Technology

In his report, Secretary-General M. Guntur Hamzah said the raker, which took place in Bogor on Thursday-Saturday, November 25-27, 2021, saw the attendance of 332 staff members and structural and functional officials of the Court’s Registrar’s Office and the Secretariat-General.

The raker’s theme was “Improving the Quality of Support to Case Management and the Development of the Constitutional Court’s Judicial Technology.” It was chosen based on the Court’s vision and mission. Explaining the background of the theme, Guntur said the Court’s vision is to uphold the Constitution through modern and trusted judiciary. Modern means using information and communications technology (ICT) with high standards in resolving cases and developing the staff’s mindset to always be forward-thinking, creative and innovative and keeping up with the times and the people’s needs, especially in Society 5.0.

“To do this, it is necessary to audit the information technology of the Court and prepare a grand design of judicial technology in the Court,” Guntur said.

The Court’s use of ICT, he added, had had real contributions in accelerating case resolution, especially with regard to this year’s regional head election disputes. Without the use of ICT in the Court, the Court proceedings, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic, would have been hindered.

Policy Direction

The agenda on the second day of the raker, among others, was the third plenary meeting on “Strategic Direction and Policy,” which Secretary-General M. Guntur Hamzah and Chief Registrar Muhidin presented. Guntur talked about concept changes due to internal and external dynamics. An example of the former is non-negotiable government policies, while the latter relates to the needs of institutional development. There are several necessary internal policy directions for the judiciary. At this raker, Guntur explained several strategic directions and policies to be carried out within the Court, including bureaucratic simplification and organizational restructuring covering four areas: implementation of a talent management system, modernization of the justice system, strengthening of the Constitutional Court’s role in international relations, evaluation of case management taskforce support, and action plans and scheduling.

“As an ecosystem, the Court requires digital transformation. This must be faced by implementing adaptive technology that the institution needs,” he said.

Meanwhile, the chief registrar talked about the Registrar’s Office policy directions and strategies in optimizing support to the Court’s decisions. The community, Muhidin said, so far were only familiar with cases whose decisions received a spotlight.

“Therefore, the Court, especially the Registrar’s Office, should not only observe its decisions so that the end results would not lead to confusion, but also optimize its information system for the decisions on the cases on which the constitutional justices have rendered judgement. Thus, a database in the Court is required in order to save the summons letters, especially in judicial review cases,” he added.

Writer        : Sri Pujianti
Editor        : Nur R.
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

Translation uploaded on 11/29/2021 15:12 WIB

Disclaimer: The original version of the news is in Indonesian. In case of any differences between the English and the Indonesian versions, the Indonesian version will prevail.