New Whistleblowing System Aims to Improve Judiciary Transparency

Oct 5, 2016

Citizens who are asked for bribes or become victims of other misconduct by judges and other judicial apparatus are now able to report it to the authorities using a new reporting system by the Oversight Body of the Supreme Court.

The refined Monitoring Information System (SIWAS) is accessible on siwas.mahkamahagung.go.id. It requires users to create an account in order to submit a complaint, but it allows the complainant to remain anonymous. The online account makes it possible for the status of the report to be tracked, enhancing the transparency and accountability of the system. These are new features that were not available in the previous monitoring system.

The whistleblowing mechanism also allows employees of the judiciary to report any allegations of corruption, nepotism, and other violations of the code of ethics by judges, bailiffs, registrars, and other civil servants within the system.

"I hope that the SIWAS inauguration can be the foundation to revitalize the public trust in us and build the Supreme Court to become the exemplary justice system,” said Supreme Court Chief Justice Hatta Ali in his opening remarks.

UNDP Indonesia, through its SUSTAIN project, provided technical assistance to SIWAS, with funding from the European Union. It is in line with the project mandate to enhance the oversight mechanism of the judiciary.

Christophe Bahuet, UNDP Indonesia Country Director, said at the inauguration, "The launch of Whistleblowing system is a significant step that the Supreme Court is taking towards transparency, accountability, and fighting corruption. It will now be important that the system be actively used with appropriate actions taken and adequate protection of whistleblower.”

SIWAS supports goal 16 in the Sustainable Development Goals, which is promoting peace and giving access to justice and building strong institutions for all.

 

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