Students of SMA 1 Padang Visit Court
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Students of SMA 1 Padang visiting the Court welcomed by expert assistant to constitutional justice Rizkisyabana Yulistyaputri, Monday (5/2/2024). Photo by MKRI/Fauzan.


JAKARTA (MKRI) — In order to broaden the students’ understanding of the Pancasila education system and its future prospects, fifty students from SMA (Senior High School) 1 Padang visited the Constitutional Court on Monday, April 29, 2024. They were welcomed by expert assistant to constitutional justice Rizkisyabana Yulistyaputri.

Rizkysyabana, known as Kiki, began her presentation by explaining the background as well as the authority and obligations of the Constitutional Court. She explained that the Court has the authority to review laws against the Constitution, adjudicate disputes over the authority of state institutions, decide on the dissolution of political parties, and decide disputes over general election results.

In her presentation, Kiki underlined the role and functions of the Court, including as the guardian of the Constitution, the final interpreter of the Constitution, the guardian of democracy, the protector of citizens’ constitutional rights, the protector of human rights, and guardian of the state’s ideology. She also explained about the nine constitutional justices and the selection process involving three institutions, namely the DPR (House of Representatives), the Supreme Court, and the President.

As the guardian of Indonesian democracy, the Court has the obligation to adjudicate on an alleged violation of law committed by the president and/or vice president. According to Kiki, constitutional justices are selected from three state institutions to ensure checks and balances among state institutions.

“The role of the Constitutional Court differs from that of the Supreme Court, where every decision is final and binding. When the gavel strikes, the decision takes immediate effect,” Kiki emphasized. With emphasis on the Court’s role and functions, its position as the guardian of the Constitution and democracy in Indonesia becomes even clearer.

Kiki also delved into who is eligible to file a petition for judicial review to the Court, as regulated in the Constitutional Court regulations (PMK). Following the presentation, Kiki opened a Q&A session for the students to discuss Indonesia’s state administration.

The students were then taken on a tour to the Constitution History Center (Puskon), which is arranged into six zones, ranging from the pre-independence zone to the Constitutional Court zone. The center was inaugurated on December 19, 2014 by President Joko Widodo.

Author            : Fauzan Febriyan
Editor             : Nur R.
Translator      : Gabrielle K.W./Yuniar W. (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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