Status of Law No. 18 of 2003 on the Legal Profession

This status update derives from Indonesian Constitutional Court decision MK Nomor 101/PUU-VII/2009 (30 December 2009), where the Court found that art 4(1) of Law No. 18 of 2003 conflicted with the 1945 Constitution (Undang-Undang Dasar Negara Republik Indonesia Tahun 1945). Specifically, the Court found that the section had no legally binding authority if the phrase 'in an open session of a High Court in a legal jurisdiction' ('di sidang terbuka Pengadilan Tinggi di wilayah didomisili hukumnya') was not met. Moreover, this phrase was not to be interpreted as 'a High Court, pursuant to a legal order, shall swear an oath for advocates before they join the profession, without associating with the membership of the Organisation of Advocates which, de facto, exists at this moment, in the two years from when these findings are pronounced.'

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