2 October 2012

Indonesian and Australian Courts have a long history of working together to strengthen justice in Indonesia. This cooperation will be further strengthened when Indonesian and Australian court officials meet in Brisbane tomorrow to renew the Australia-Indonesia Court to Court Memorandum of Understanding. Official judicial cooperation between these two close neighbours was renewed for a further 12 months.

Funded by the Australian Government through AusAID since 2008, the partnership has enabled courts in both countries to share experiences regarding access to justice, enhancing judicial capacity and improving court business processes.

The Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Indonesia, the Hon DR. M. Hatta Ali, SH., MH, stated:

Despite differences (language, system of law, and political relations) the courts continue to communicate and work productively and generate many important outcomes. The Chief Justice considers that the strategic cooperation between the three courts needs to be further strengthened based on (the two countries’) mutual interest and respect.”

Federal Court of Australia Chief Justice Patrick Keane said the relationship was as important now as it was when the first MOU was signed almost ten years ago.

“It has been valuable and highly rewarding providing us with the opportunity of learning from one another. We are deeply committed to supporting the reform process and ensuring our commitment is for the long term.”

This cooperation and dialogue provides opportunities for robust discussion between courts in Indonesia and Australia, facilitating unique learning opportunities for courts in both countries and assisting in the development of strategic solutions to issues facing the courts.

Family Court of Australia Chief Justice Diana Bryant added,

“The Family Court of Australia is pleased to continue its professional association with the Indonesian courts. We have achieved amazing results by working together in areas as diverse as case management, court administration, information technology, client services, supporting marginalized and vulnerable litigants as well as access to justice for the poor. Together we have witnessed incredible change in improving access to justice in a relatively short period of time. I am particularly pleased with the international recognition that some of our programs have received.”


For photo and media opportunities, the official signing of the MoU will be held:

9.30 am on Wednesday 3 October

The Commonwealth Law Courts, Corner Tank and Quay Streets,

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


Copies of both the revised Memorandum of Understanding and the 2012 Annex are available on the Federal Court of Australia website: www.fedcourt.gov.au and the Family Court of Australia website: www.familycourt.gov.au.


Media contacts:          

Family Court of Australia - Denise Healy, telephone: 03 8600 4357 or 0409 743 695
Federal Court of Australia - Bruce Phillips, telephone: 03 8600 3270 or 0419 341 506


World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development 
First UN Women report, released in 2011 - Progress of the World's Women: In Pursuit of Justice See Page 75 for the Indonesian case study: Women’s Access to Justice in Religious Courts in Indonesia.