Tue, 25 Feb 2003

House examines justice candidates

JAKARTA: House of Representatives Commission II for legal and home affairs began on Monday an eight-day examination of 63 justice candidates for the Supreme Court.

Each candidate presented their papers to the commission and answered questions from the legislators about law enforcement and the eradication of corruption.

Tjetje Hidayat Padmadinata, a commission member, said the commission was not enthusiastic about the process because there were no signs of improvement in law enforcement since they selected new Supreme Court justices last year.

"Most candidates only give theoretical answers. It does not stimulate queries," Tjetje said.

Fellow commission member Firman Jaya Daeli said five candidates failed the examination last year, but that the commission was giving them another chance. -- JP