Judicial Corruption Monitoring in Indonesia through Legal Clinics

Indonesian Legal Resources Center (ILRC)

Challenge

Indonesia performs poorly in the area of corruption according to the WJP Rule of Law Index® 2015, ranking second to last among its regional peers for absence of corruption. One of the largest contributing factors to this problem is corruption and non-adherence to rigorous professional and ethical standards in the judiciary. Public trust in the judicial system has also eroded, and citizens are reluctant to report unethical practices or instances of bribery despite the existence of laws to protect whistleblowers. Furthermore, while it negatively affects virtually every sector of society, the issue of judicial corruption and its impact on the daily lives of Indonesians is not well understood by the public.

Program Summary

This project seeks to monitor judicial corruption in Indonesia’s three largest cities: Jakarta, Bandung, and Surabaya. By partnering with several Indonesian laws schools that operate a network of legal clinics, the ILRC also intends to raise public awareness and empower individuals in the fight against judiciary corruption by:

  1. Developing a judicial corruption monitoring manual for legal clinics that will outline complaint mechanisms, as well as the roles of the Witness Protection Agency, the Anti-Corruption Commission, and the Judicial Commission. 1,000 copies of the manual will be disseminated to civil society organizations and legal clinics, and an electronic version will be made available online.
  2. Training legal clinics on handling reports of judicial corruption. Each participating clinic will receive 6 judicial corruption cases for their analysis and review by the Judicial Commission and Anti-Corruption Commission.
  3. Street law program to combat judicial corruption that well be carried out through partnerships with university law schools. Using the judicial corruption monitoring manual, law students will educate local communities about judicial corruption.
  4. Developing an online complaint mechanism and hotline for confidentially reporting instances of judicial corruption. The legal clinics will work with the Witness Protection Agency to develop the website and hotline in order to ensure that these services protect whistleblowers’ confidentiality. 

Impact

Through the corruption monitoring manual, online complaint system, and hotline, this program will provide citizens and legal practitioners with a suite of tools for combatting corruption. This program will also strengthen the capacity of legal clinics, law students, and the average citizen to report and combat judicial corruption. Furthermore, the program will involve both governmental and grass-roots actors in addressing judicial corruption, ensuring that the problem is tackled at every level of society.

Partners

  • Pelita Harapan University, Jakar
  • Pasundan University, Bandung
  • Airlangga University, Surabaya
  • Indonesian Witness Protection Agency

Project Details

Program Status:Active

Program Type:Grantee

Region:East Asia & Pacific

Program Countries:Indonesia

Dates:June 1, 2015 - June 1, 2016

Rule of Law Index Factors: Absence of Corruption (Factor 2), Civil Justice (Factor 7), Criminal Justice (Factor 8), and Informal Justice (Factor 9).

Issue Areas: Judiciary