In a guest lecture of American Corner (Amcor) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) on Wednesday (10/28), David Anderson talked a lot about court modernization. For him, court modernization is a necessity. He explained that in any country estuary for justice is the justice itself, legal transparency and openness. Justice is expected to be like a bank. People can access balance information, fund transfer flow, the orderly queue and all are served well because of an adequate and modern information system.
"Although the judicial system in Indonesia is unlike in the United States, but it has the same spirit that is justice. In Indonesia, there are Islamic court and district court which are different from what in the U.S. However, the modern system such as recording and documentation of cases should be the same. The court does not need too long to make decisions just to wait for data or files missing," said Anderson.
Further, Anderson criticized the courts in Indonesia. Besides there are many which deviate, they are also often too long in handling cases, whereas if all are overcome with modern technology then all problems can be facilitated. "It is not the time for documenting the file with the paper anymore. Now, it's time to modernize the legal tools using information system technology," said Anderson in the middle of the participants of gust lecture which was also attended by Deans of Law Faculty of Malang.
In Indonesia, Anderson is Chief of Party of the Indonesia Anti-Corruption and Commercial Courts Enhancement (In-ACCE) Project. The institution established by USAID/Indonesia program, one of them is court reform through modern management such as court automation, cash-flow management and human resource management.
Before being a lawyer, Anderson also was known as a peace volunteer in Zaire for three years. He built the community through health services and services of rural communities there.
Head of the Bureau of International Cooperation (BKLN) of UMM, Soeparto, said the lecture would be attended by lecturers and students who involved in legal studies, such as the Faculty of Law and Faculty of Social and Political Science. However, it is also possible for general public who are interested in the discussion on the modernization of the courts in general to attend the lecturer. Besides, through regular guest lectures it would familiarize students to foreign language lecturers.
Soeparto added that it has become a routine agenda from American Corner (Amcor) of UMM. At a certain period, Amcor always present guest lecturers to give insight about the actual issues especially from the perspective of America. Nevertheless, it is possible to discuss local issues in a global perspective. "So, this forum is not only to enrich the English vocabulary, but also build a culture and a touch of international studies. We have to get used to scientifically discuss with strangers," said Suparto. (nash/t_alf)