PPKn Teachers of Garut MGMP and Lecturers of IPI Visit Court
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Expert assistant to constitutional justice Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono welcoming PPKn teachers of Garut MGMP and IPI lecturers, Tuesday (9/19/2023). Photo by MKRI/Fauzan.

JAKARTA (MKRI) — Twenty Pancasila and Civic Education (PPKn) teachers of Garut Regency Teachers Association (MGMP) and lecturers of Garut Indonesia Education Institute (IPI) visited the Constitutional Court on Tuesday, September 19, 2023. Assistant to constitutional justice Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono welcomed them and delivered a presentation on “The Constitutional Court and State Institutions.”

Garut Regency PPKn MGMP chairman Asep Rusmayadi said the aim of their visit was to learn more about the Constitutional Court. “We along with IPI Garut want to learn more about the Constitutional Court, the guardian of the Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia,” he said.

Asep said that the PPKn teachers also teach about the Constitutional Court and hoped they could gain some insight on the Constitutional Court and share the knowledge after they returned to Garut.

Meanwhile, researcher Luthfi Widagdo Eddyono explained the background of the establishment of the Constitutional Court as well as the Court’s authority within the constitutional system of the Republic of Indonesia.

“The Court’s authority includes conducting judicial review of laws against the Constitution, deciding authority disputes between state institutions whose authority is granted by the 1945 Constitution, deciding the disbandment of political parties, and deciding disputes over the results of general elections,” he said.

In addition, the Court has an obligation based on Article 24C paragraph (2) of the 1945 Constitution to pass a decision on the opinion of the House of Representative (DPR) on alleged violations by the president and/or vice president, which could result in impeachment.

Luthfi added that the Constitutional Court is often referred to as the “final solution” to constitutional issues because its decisions are final and binding. He also talked about the nine constitutional justices and the state institutions that proposed them.

“The constitutional justices [are proposed by] three institutions: the House, the Supreme Court, and the President,” he continued.

Luthfi also explained who can submit a judicial review petition. Indivicual citizens, he said, can do so. He mentioned a petition by Fathul Hadie Utsman, a teacher in East Java Province, who challenged provisions in the State Budget Law (APBN) on education budget.

“Imagine, a teacher can request the Court to invite the legislatures—the House, the President—and relevant parties to testify on his petition,” said Luthfi.

Author       : Fauzan Febriyan
Editor        : Nur R.
Translator  : Nyi Mas Laras Nur Inten Kemalasari/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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