Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia

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Chief Justice of Indonesia
Ketua Mahkamah Agung
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Muhammad Syarifuddin

since 30 April 2020
Supreme Court of Indonesia
AppointerSupreme Court justices
First holderKusumah Atmaja
DeputyDeputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Indonesia

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia (Indonesian: Ketua Mahkamah Agung) is the head of the Supreme Court of Indonesia.

Election process[edit]

The chief justice and his or her deputy is elected by the Supreme Court justices from among the members of the court.[1] Sometimes the process is controversial and attracts public criticism.[2] For example, in early 2012 rumours about vote buying were reported in the Jakarta press as speculation mounted about the arrangements underway for the selection of new chief justice to replace Harifin Tumpa, who retired as chief justice in March 2012. It was said to be "all-out competition" for the post of chief justice because of the influence that the position holds and it was rumoured that the competition might include payments.[3]

List of Chief Justices[edit]

Name Term Term length
Kusumah Atmaja 19 August 1945 11 August 1952 2,549
Wiryono Projodikoro 12 August 1952[citation needed] 1966
Suryadi 21 June 1966[4] August 1968
Subekti August 1968 January 1974
Umar Seno Aji 1974 1981
Mujono 18 February 1981 24 April 1984 1,161
Ali Said 1984 1992
Purwoto Gandasubrata 1992 1994
Suryono 1994 1996
Sarwata bin Kertotenoyo 1 November 1996 1 August 2000 1,369
Bagir Manan 18 May 2001 31 October 2008 2,723
Harifin Tumpa 1 November 2008 (acting)
10 February 2009
1 March 2012 1,216
Muhammad Hatta Ali 1 March 2012[5] 30 April 2020 2,982
Muhammad Syarifuddin 30 April 2020 Incumbent 349
Died in office

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Denny Indrayana, Indonesian Constitutional Reform 1999–2002: An Evaluation of Constitution-Making in Transition, pgs. 450-451. Jakarta: Kompas Book Publishing, 2008. ISBN 9789797093945
  2. ^ Markus Junianto Sihaloho; Muninggar Sri Saraswati (16 January 2009). "Critics Slam Harifin's Rise to Chief Justice". The Jakarta Globe. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2016.
  3. ^ Parlina, Ina (7 February 2012). "Court election plagued with money politics". The Jakarta Post.
  4. ^ "Opperrechter Soerjadi geïnstalleerd" [Chief Justice Soerjadi installed]. De Leidse Courant (in Dutch). ANP. 22 June 1966.
  5. ^ "Ketua MA Hatta Ali mengucapkan sumpah di hadapan Presiden" [Chief Justice Hatta Ali takes the oath in front of the President]. Mahkamah Agung Republik Indonesia (in Indonesian). 1 March 2012.