EU renews support to the Indonesian Supreme Court to enhance judicial reformNov 24, 2015
Jakarta, 24 November 2015 – The Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia welcomes the support from the European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to contribute to its ongoing reform to achieve an exemplary judiciary.
With a grant assistance of EUR 10 million from the EU, and UNDP as implementing partner, the justice reform project called SUSTAIN aims to improve the transparency, integrity and accountability of the judiciary and the quality of justice services for all Indonesians.
According to the Chief Justice, Prof. Dr H.M. Hatta Ali, “These priorities are aligned with the objective of the Reform Blueprint and the 2010-2035 plan of the Supreme Court. In particular, the emphasis on enhanced integrity and technical capacity of all courts and all court personnel combined with the support to the extension of the IT-based management of cases and human resources, will constitute significant landmarks of our ongoing reform. We are now looking at improving important sectors that have not been an extensive focus in the past such as capacity building of juvenile courts personnel, judges’ certification for environment and fishery courts, human resource management for courts and tribunals, and case tracking system.”
The EU Ambassador to Indonesia, H.E. Vincent Guérend said, "The European Union recognises Indonesia's far-reaching reforms in the justice sector. We believe it is important to take further steps to sustain the positive results of these reform efforts, including measures to strengthen the independence of the judiciary, as well as the accountability and oversight of law enforcement agencies and respect for the rights of vulnerable groups such as women and children".
"The SUSTAIN project is an illustration of the constant support which the European Union provides to the Government of Indonesia to help further improve governance and the rule of law," added Ambassador Guérend.
The Country Director of UNDP in Indonesia, Mr Christophe Bahuet said that UNDP is strongly committed to enhancing the effectiveness of the justice sector, and highly values its partnership with the Supreme Court and the European Union. "It goes to the credit of SUSTAIN that it addresses a number of specific issues that are of particular relevance to Indonesia and core to UNDP commitment, including the protection of natural resources through support to fishery and other specialised courts," Mr Bahuet stated.
He added that the project will also support the establishment of five juvenile model courts and a certification programme for judges on juvenile justice. “We are confident that the partnership between the Supreme Court, the European Union and UNDP will bring about tangible results in enhancing the Indonesian justice system and public confidence in courts,” Mr Bahuet concluded.
The EU-UNDP SUSTAIN project started earlier this year and will run until July 2019. It will be implemented across the archipelago with particular emphasis on pilot courts that include Ambon, Bandung, Bitung, Cibinong, Jakarta, Jayapura, Kabanjahe, Kepanjen, Malang, Manado, Maumere, Pontianak, Singkawang, Stabat and Sorong. Training will be provided to judges and non-judge personnel such as registrars and bailiffs from the four Chambers, general, religious, administrative and military, of the country judiciary.
On Tuesday, the office of SUSTAIN project was officially opened at the Secretariat building of the Supreme Court, illustrating the strong commitment of the Supreme Court to the success of this justice reform project.