Wed, 22 Jan 2003

DPR to empower judicial system

JAKARTA: A plenary session of the House of Representatives (DPR) on Tuesday agreed to start deliberation on three bills badly needed to empower the country's judicial system.

In the meeting presided over by deputy House speaker A. M. Fatwa, all nine factions agreed that the three bills proposed by legislators themselves be brought for further deliberation.

The three bills are on judicial commission, constitutional court, and ombudsman.

The bills are expected to help improve the quality and independence of the judicial system. The proposal to form a judicial commission and constitutional court were mandated by the amended constitution.

The constitutional court will have functions, among others, to settle electoral disputes, the dissolution of political parties and presidential impeachment. -- JP