Examination of Judge Verdict: A Good Tradition to Start

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Illustration by Xavier
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Title: Unveiling the Truth, Examination of Irman Gusman

Case Verdict

Editor: Pitan Daslani

Publisher: University of Indonesia’s Faculty of Law Publishing Agency

Print edition: October 2018

Pages: 348

ISBN: 978-602-444-499-0

The examination term comes from an English word in Black’s Law Dictionary, which means an investigation; search; inspection; interrogation. In the English-Indonesian dictionary, it is defined as a test or an investigation. If it is related to the context of judicial products & court verdict, then the examination means testing or examining those legal products. The examination is often also referred to as legal annotation, which is the provision of legal statements to court decisions and prosecutors’ charges, which are almost the same as examinations.

A verdict with permanent legal force ( inkracht van gewisjde ) qualified for an examination generally has two criteria: a) considered highly controversial; b) has a high social impact. Even though this public examination will not be able to change the verdict made by the panel of judges, the results of the examination can educate jurists, especially judges in the future to improve their performance. Although an examination of verdicts has a significant impact on the development of legal science, unfortunately in Indonesia, this examination has not been a tradition in Indonesia. For example, in the Netherlands, inkracht verdicts are generally given to well-known universities for annotations. Although there are no legal consequences, this annotation relates to the rank of judges who made the verdicts. So this book, which is a collection of annotations related to Irman Gusman’s case verdict, is a rare work in Indonesia.

The book, which contains annotations from professors in Indonesia, does not only give one perspective but a lot of perspectives. In addition to the criminal perspective, there are also other perspectives, such as from a sociological perspective, practical perspective, philosophical perspective, to forensic accounting perspective. This book begins with Irman Gusman’s biography, then the chronology of his case, followed by dissemination of examination, examinations, and related ideas. Although this book provides a very diverse perspective in depicting the verdict of Irman Gusman’s case, this book is not entirely objective about the case. There is still a strong perspective that seems to take side with Irman Gusman. It can be seen from the phrases used, the point of view, and how to tell the case. There are also several repetitions of an argument in the book. It happens because it is a collection of examinations, not a summary of all those examinations. But apart from the criticisms, this book uses easy-to-use language, even in some parts, it uses a question-and-answer model as if the readers spoke in person with the experts.

Author: Xavier Nugraha

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