By : Achmad Cholil
The Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia holds its National Working Meeting (Rakernas) on Sept. 18-22, 2011. Unlike the previous event, all chief judges throughout the country have been invited to the annual meeting.
At least there are two crucial issues that need immediate responses from the court and its subordinate courts: public confidence and judicial independence, which are related to each other. Public trust will be achieved with the presence of independent judiciary, and judicial independence will come true with full support of faithful public.
Despite some radical changes in legal reforms since the reformasi era and the introduction of the one-roof system in 2004, Indonesians still have little trust in or respect for the court.
Indonesia may not seem to have enough problems in its realm of law. Imagine that youngsters and even school kids have been accused of “stealing” a pair of old slippers, some flowers and iron rods, or that a person who brawled with the son of a police officer became dragged into police detention, was taken to court and would probably wind up in jail. In other cases people are facing three years in jail for stealing three hens.