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Justice Reform in Indonesia: EU, UNDP, Supreme Court conclude five-year project with solid achievements

Jakarta, 16/07/2019 - 23:00, UNIQUE ID: 190717_2
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The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia, UNDP Indonesia and the Supreme Court of Indonesia held a closing ceremony of their five-year project to Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Indonesia (SUSTAIN).

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Justice Reform in Indonesia: EU, UNDP, Supreme Court conclude five-year project with solid achievements

 

The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia, UNDP Indonesia and the Supreme Court of Indonesia held a closing ceremony of their five-year project to Support to the Justice Sector Reform in Indonesia (SUSTAIN). The project has provided technical assistance to the Supreme Court and its subordinate courts to increase transparency, integrity and accountability of the judiciary and the quality of justice services delivered to the people.

The event was attended by the Indonesian Chief Justice H.E. M. Hatta Ali, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia Mr Charles-Michel Geurts, and UNDP Resident Representative Christophe Bahuet.

Mr Charles-Michel Geurts, Chargé d'affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Indonesia, said "The EU appreciates the strong commitment of the Supreme Court and the pilot Courts and congratulates them for all the reform achievements that have been made with the support of the SUSTAIN project. The sustainability of these achievements will require continued commitment from the Government's budget to maintain all new systems developed. We welcome the Supreme Court's continued momentum to achieve its Blueprints for Judicial Reform to the benefit of Indonesian citizens, in particular the most vulnerable groups."

In his remarks, UNDP Resident Representative Christophe Bahuet underlined the contribution of SUSTAIN Project in achieving the United Nations SDG # 16 dealing with Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. “The work done by the project has contributed significantly not only to improving the quality of judicial services with more integrity in processes but also reinforced the credibility of the judiciary with more accountable judicial personnel, more transparent proceedings and opportunities for ethics supervision enhanced and improved” said Bahuet.

During five-year intervention, the SUSTAIN project has produced satisfactory results, amongst others:

  1. The Supreme Court’s Whistleblowing System (SIWAS) has become a key internal oversight mechanism and at the same time improving its responsiveness towards public complaints and grievances. SIWAS is a very important and strategic step taken by the Supreme Court to regain public trust and confidence;
  2. The Supreme Court, with the support of SUSTAIN, has introduced the enhanced Personnel Information System (SIKEP) in December 2018, which integrates databases from other existing applications such as the Supervision Information System (SIWAS), the Education and Training Information System (SISDIKLAT) as well as the Promotion and Mutation applications. It is expected to improve the integrity, transparency, accountability;
  3. More than 6,000 judges and court personnel have benefited from various training programmes to enhance their skills. SUSTAIN has contributed significantly to it by providing  support  to  the  Supreme Court Training Centre  for  the development of curricula and delivery of trainings including: training of trainers in training management and e-learning; development of curricula for Fisheries Certification Programme and Juvenile Certification Programme; as well as delivery of specific trainings to Administrative Courts judges, registrars and bailiffs as well as the Tax Court judges;
  4. An enhanced case management and tracking system (SIPP), implemented since mid-2017, has improved court efficiency and reduced backlog. The system has been integrated from lower courts up to appellate level of all court jurisdictions (General Courts, Religious Courts, Military Courts, and the Administrative Courts), and provides access to legal information to the justice seekers; and
  5. Another key milestone was a study visit by the Supreme Court leadership to France, Germany, Luxemburg, The Netherlands, and Belgium (including European Union Headquarters) in October 2016 aimed to establish partnerships with European Courts and, in particular, to study the fundamental concept of government dispute settlement and the oversight system of the Administrative Court Judges, to study the Tax and Administrative management systems, and to directly observe e-court implementation and how it can support greater transparency, integrity and accountability.

A public discussion titled "Realising a Transparent and Accountable Court: Challenges and Success" was also held as part of the closing event. The discussion featured Laode Muhammad Syarif, Vice Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission; Sunarto, Vice Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia for Non-Judicial Affairs; Gilles Blanchi, Senior Advisor of EU-UNDP SUSTAIN Project; Dadang Trisasongko, Secretary General of Transparency International Indonesia; and Harry Ponto, an advocate.

The EU provided €10 million to this project.

 

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