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Strengthening judiciary integrity: Indonesia takes the lead

Jakarta (Indonesia), 27 January 2011
- From 22 to 23 December 2010, UNODC conducted a national seminar to share the findings of an assessment of the justice sector that looked at judicial integrity, capacity and action plans. The assessment was conducted in four provinces as part of the second phase of a UNODC project, designed to strengthen the countries judicial integrity and capacity.

Under the project, UNODC has conducted assessments since October 2009, reviewing more than 6100 responses. A wide range of individuals participated in the assessments comprising judges, prosecutors, lawyers, court employees, victims, witnesses, parties in civil cases, prisoners awaiting trial and private sector representatives.

The assessment was held in order to establish baseline data and to highlight associated problems of the judiciary, and other law enforcement agencies. Issues such as access to justice, quality of justice delivery, independence, impartiality and fairness of the judiciary at all levels, and locations were covered. Additionally, perceptions of corruption within the justice sector as well as public trust in the judicial system and the functioning of integrity safeguards were also evaluated.

Prior to the national seminar, a series of meetings were conducted in Malang (East Java), Pekanbaru (Riau), Palembang (South Sumatera) and Kendari (South-East Sulawesi). During these meetings, provincial action plans were prepared by participants using the baseline data. These actions plans were developed in support of the Supreme Court new Blueprint of Judicial Reform 2010-2035.

Deputy Chief Justice for the Development, Widayatno Sastro Hardjono addressed the opening ceremony on 23 December 2010 by stating that that "the Supreme Court is now determined to implement judicial reform based on the Blueprint in order to restore public trust to judiciary.''

The meeting also attended by the Honorable Justice Abdul Gani Abdullah who has supported UNODC project since the beginning. Collaboration between Honorable Justice Paulus Effendi Lotulung, Honorable Justice Takdir Rahmadi, Police Commissioner General Nanan Sukarna and stakeholders from the Supreme Courts, Attorney General's Office, Indonesian National Police, high courts, district courts, prosecutor offices, police offices, non-governmental organizations, academics and UNODC resulted in the prioritizing of key issues with regards to the action plan, and shared support further the implementation. The action plan is designed to be in line with the Blueprint of judicial Reform 2010-2035.

The national seminar was organized under a project funded by Germany.