In the Indonesian constitutional system, there is no doubt that the Republic of Indonesia Attorney General Office is one of the state organs that has a strategic role in realizing a clean judicial system, and creating a law enforcement process to achieve a sense of justice.

Despite the fact that it has a strategic role in the law enforcement process, the Prosecutor’s institution still remains a serious problem in the form of weak performance and behavior of the Prosecutor’s apparatus in carrying out their duties and authority. Such conditions eventually led to public distrust of the Prosecutor’s office. Not only is it considered not capable of being a public representative in upholding justice, the Prosecutor’s Office is also considered slow in handling cases that concern the public, and even considered to be unclean and less authoritative. “Prosecutors lack integrity and professionalism is widely perceived by the public. One of the causes of this condition was the lack of supervision efforts carried out against the Prosecutor’s Office”, said Pultoni, S.H., M.H., a Commissioner of Public Attorney Commission (Komisi Kejaksaan Republik Indonesia), on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 attending the Public Lecture on “The Role of Public Attorney Commission to strengthen the Judiciary Integrity in Indonesia”, held by the Faculty of Law (FH), Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta. 

In this endeavor, Faculty of Law UMY, represented by Dean Trisno Raharjo also agreed to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with Public Attorney Commission and continued by Focus Group Discussion on November 29, 2018.

In front of participants, consisting of hundreds students and Lecturers of Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta, Pultoni urges that: “Based on the mandate of Article 38 of Law Number 16 of 2004 concerning the Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Indonesia,  the President is given the authority to form an independent commission that functions in the framework of external supervision, known by the Public Attorney Commission”.

In Article 2 Paragraph (1) of Presidential Regulation No. 18 of 2011 stated that the Prosecutor’s Commission is a non-structural institution which in carrying out its duties and authorities is independent. Furthermore, in paragraph (2) it is affirmed that the Public Attorney Commission is under and responsible to the President.

The Prosecutor’s Commission is not a law enforcement agency, but an ethical norm enforcement institution, which is related to the issue of honor, dignity and behavior as well as the performance of prosecutors and administrative prosecutors. “In other words, as an auxiliary body, Public Attorney Commission was formed to support the tasks of the Prosecutor’s office. Precisely, we are a strategic partner of the Prosecutor’s Office in ensuring a fair law enforcement process”. Pultoni remarked. (YeGe)