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Trial Hearing on Train Station Vendors’ Class Action Lawsuit

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Jakarta, Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) — Trial hearing on train station vendors’ class action lawsuit was held again in 14 October 2014 at Central Jakarta Court. The agenda has not reached the merit of the case; it was on the examination on both parties’ document completion.

In the hearing on Tuesday, the Judges did not discuss any merit of the case, but examining the completion of documents by both the Plaintiff and the Defendant. The plaintiffs are a group of train station vendors and residents who live nearby the stations. In filing their lawsuit the plaintiffs were represented by lawyers of LBH Jakarta. The defendants are the Republic of Indonesia, represented by the President of Republic of Indonesia, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises, Minister of Transportation, and PT. Kereta Api Indonesia (Indonesian Train Company)

The hearing was attended by class respresentatives of the plaintiff, who are train station vendors from Greater Jakarta area. They are expecting justice from the judgment delivered by the judges by the end of the trial. They also hope that the trial process will be prompt and just until the judgment is delivered.

The hearing was led by three judges, Anas Mustaqim, S.H. presiding, Ibnu Basuki Widodo, S.H., M.H. and Sinung Hermawan, S.H., M.H., and Yetti, S.H. as registrar. Based on the direction from the judges at the hearing, there will be mediation. In Indonesia civil court system, it is provided that the Judge should offer mediation for the parties. If an agreement is reached during mediation, the case will not go to trial and the judge will declare the result of the mediation. When an agreement is not reached between the parties, then the trial will continue. The plaintiff and defendant may select a mediator for their case, or the court will assign a mediator for them. (Ivan H. Bakhtiar)

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