Hatta Ali was sworn in by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as the Supreme Court chairman on Wednesday (01/03). (Antara/M Agung Rajasa)

Hatta Ali Sworn in as Supreme Court Chairman


MARCH 01, 2017

[Updated on 07:15 p.m. on Wednesday to add a statement from Supreme Court Chairman Hatta Ali]

Jakarta. Hatta Ali was sworn in by President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo as the Supreme Court chairman on Wednesday (01/03).

Hatta, was re-elected to serve as the court's chairman in 2017-22 by the Supreme Court's judges on Feb. 14.

He obtained 38 votes, significantly more than his competitors Andi Samsan Ngaro with seven votes, and Suhadi and Mukti Arto with only one vote each.

The ceremony, which took place at the State Palace, was attended by House of Representative speaker Setya Novanto, People's Consultative Assembly speaker Zulkifli Hasan, Regional Representatives Council speaker M. Saleh, Judicial Commission chairman Aidul Fitriciada Azhari and Constitutional Court chairman Arief Hidayat.

A number of cabinet members were also present, including Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, Maritime and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, Energy Minister Ignasius Jonan and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno.

Hatta told the press that he would speed up reform of the Supreme Court and its related divisions.

“My past experiences shall make me more mature in assuming my role, especially in conducting the monitoring regulation. We have issued various court's regulations including the court's regulation number seven, eight, and nine of 2016. The three regulations focus on organizational monitoring. All violations that occur while duties are in progress, especially if the violation is a non-technical violation or ethical violation, we will impose firm actions (on the violations),” Supreme Court chairman Hatta Ali said on Wednesday.

Under Hatta's leadership in 2012-17, the Supreme Court faced several setbacks as a number of judges had been probed by the national antigraft agency.

The biggest corruption scandal was a bribery case involving former Supreme Court secretary general Nurhadi Abdurachman and Central Jakarta District Court clerk Edy Nasution.

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) confiscated Rp 1.7 billion ($125,800) from Nurhadi in April last year and Rp 50 million from Edy.

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