Justice Guntur Talks Importance of Constitutional Justice

Constitutional Justice M. Guntur Hamzah attending an international conference hosted by the Constitutional Court of Kazakhstan for Kazakhstan’s Constitution Day, Thursday (9/7/2023). Photo by MKRI.

ASTANA (MKRI) — Constitutional Justice M. Guntur Hamzah and the delegation of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Indonesia (MKRI) attended an international conference to commemorate Kazakhstan’s Constitution Day and the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on Thursday-Friday, September 7-9, 2023 in Astana, Kazakhstan. Thirty constitutional jurisdictions and relevant institutions including the Venice Commission, the Ombudsman of several European countries, and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) attended the conference on “Constitutional Justice: Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All,” which was divided into four sessions.

The conference was opened officially by Chief Justice Azimova Elvira Abilkhasimovna at the grand hall of the Constitutional Court of Kazakhstan. In her remarks, she emphasized that constitutional justice is one of the most important elements of a democratic society as it is the protector of the dignity, liberty, and justice for all, and guarantor of the protection of the right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and justice in courts.

“In January 2023, the Constitutional Court of Kazakhstan started as the substitute to the Constitutional Council. Thus, it is important that it learns from other constitutional courts through this conference,” she said.

Justice Guntur delivered a presentation on “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a Universal Document on Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Access of Citizens to Justice and Equal Opportunities: Ideas and Perspectives” in the second session of the conference. He emphasized the importance of constitutional justice from the perspective of judicial technology and digital transformation, and revealed how the MKRI uses technology to ensure access to justice. He stressed that since its establishment, the MKRI had carried the concept of a modern court and continued to endeavor to provide information technology-based support facilities and equipment within the scope of both general administration and judicial administration systems.

“In order to realize an efficient, effective, transparent, and accountable work process and improve the quality of public services, the MKRI has built and provided ICT-based applications and services to support both case handling and general administration. It has broken conservative court procedural law in Indonesia through electronic-based case management,” he added.

He also highlighted the importance of a judicial technology department at universities. He wondered as there are various technology majors such as food technology, industrial technology, economic technology, food technology, and even nuclear technology, so why hasn’t there been a department on judicial technology? Judicial technology, he believes, is much needed in encouraging access to court and to justice in the digital era.

Aside from the conference, the Constitutional Court of Kazakhstan also held a seminar on “Constitutional Law in the 21st Century: The Rule of Law and the Protection of Human Rights Towards the Rule of Law and Security.” Delegation members, foreign legal experts, representatives of state institutions and organization of the Republic of Kazakhstan, students of M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University, students of L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University, students of the Academy of Public Adminsitration under the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Academy of Justice, the Law Enforcement Academy, and legal practitioners attended the seminar.

Author       : ZFA
Editor        : Lulu Anjarsari P.
Translator  : Yuniar Widiastuti (NL)

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.

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