UNDP Indonesia and University of Indonesia Hold Joint-Discussion on Justice Reforms

2016 Jun 10

Jakarta, 9 June 2016 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia and the Post-Graduate Programme at University of Indonesia’s (UI) Faculty of Law held a joint discussion on justice reforms at the university’s Salemba campus.

The panel discussion based on UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBAP) report A Transparent and Accountable Judiciary to Deliver Justice for All focused on corruption and featured speakers from the university, UNDP and Jentera Law school.

UNDP Indonesia Country Director Christophe Bahuet pointed out that a corrupt judicial system is a major impediment for access to justice, erodes citizen’s faith in democratic governance and negatively affects economic growth and investments.

“Judicial corruption affects the poorest and most marginalized communities, because they are far less likely to pay bribes and do not have access to influential networks,” said Mr. Bahuet, who concluded “money justice is no justice”.

Highlighting the findings of the report, he added that the  success on judicial reforms depends on strong political will and the sense of national ownership by the people.

Gilles Blanchi, Chief Technical Adviser EU-UNDP Sustain – a five-year project funded by the European Union implemented by the UNDP to support judicial reforms in Indonesia – said that a lack of political will and law enforcement are key problems in tackling corruption.

He emphasized there is a need to strengthen independent internal and external supervision over the judiciary. However, he also praised some progress in transparency and technology development, whereas Supreme Court’s documents and rulings are digitized and the information is made available online.

This, he added, will allow justice seekers to get the information they need in timely manner and will make corruption more difficult.

The Supreme Court’s efforts to increase transparency by using automation and digitizing documents were highlighted the report A Transparent and Accountable Judiciary to Deliver Justice for All published in April by UNDP’s RBAPin cooperation with U4 Anti-corruption Resource Centre.

Deputy Director of Jentera Law School in Jakarta, Bivitri Susanti said while Indonesia has seen some progress in judicial reforms, there are still challenges.

“We need to address the court as an institution in a wider sense and acknowledge that behavioral issues could create a culture which can lead to corruption,” added Ms. Susanti.

The discussion at Indonesia’s oldest law school was opened by the Dean of UI’s Faculty of Law Prof. Dr. Topo Santoso and moderated by the Director of the Post-Graduate Programme, Prof. Dr. Satya Arinanto.

In its 2015 report, Transparency International ranks Indonesia at 88 out of 168 countries on its Corruption Perceptions Index. Indonesia scored 36 out of a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). 

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