Tue, 16 Dec 2003

Constitutional Court split

BANDARLAMPUNG, Lampung: Four months after its establishment in August, the Constitutional Court is still debating its authority to settle disputes among state institutions.

Judge Mukthie Fadjar said on Monday that the court's nine judges were quarreling about whether the new institution could also try cases involving the Supreme Court.

The Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court are the nation's highest judicial bodies. Each does different work.

Mukthie said the Constitutional Court would regroup to decide on the issue.

The court, he said, is currently studying whether any law can be brought before it for review.

Article 50 of Law No. 24/2003 on the Constitutional Court stipulates that only laws enacted after the 2002 constitutional amendment can be registered with the court for judicial review.

Mukthie said various groups had demanded the court review all laws enacted prior to constitutional amendment. -- Antara