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The Retirement Ceremony of Chair of Yogyakarta Religious High Court


The Chair of Yogyakarta Religious High Court, the Hon. Drs. H. M Said Munji, S.H., M.H has just ended his term of service for thirty-six years as a judge at the Indonesian judiciary by the Retirement Ceremony held in Yogyakarta Religious High Court hall on Tuesday (30/6). The Chief Justice of Indonesia Supreme Court, the Hon. Dr. H. M. Syarifuddin, S.H., M.H accompanied by the Chair of Religious Chamber the Hon. Dr. H. Amran Suadi, S.H., M.H., M.M as well as the Director-General of Religious Courts, Dr. Drs. Aco Nur, S.H., M.H led the graduation ceremony of retirement virtually in Supreme Court Building, Floor 13, Central Jakarta.

The ceremony was also joined by all Chairs of Religious High Court from all over Indonesia and all Chairs of First Grade Religious Court within the Yogyakarta area. The ceremony was held virtually due to COVID 19 Pandemic situation. For Mr. Syarifuddin, leading the ceremony at the appellate court was his first time as Chief Justice of Indonesia Supreme Court and the second time leading a ceremony virtually.

In his speech, Mr. Syarifuddin said that the Retirement Ceremony is a tradition that is always awaited by all of the officials before entering the pension period. This is not just a moment to end the term of service of an official. Other than that, this is the summit of completeness after carrying out the mandate as a judge.

The Retirement Ceremony said Mr. Syarifuddin is actually a procession of giving appreciation to a Chair of the appellate court after carrying out his duty as a voorpost of the Indonesia Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung). “The role of a Chair of a religious high court is very strategic, especially in supervising and guiding the judges and all the apparatus of Indonesia Supreme Court within his duty area.” He said.

Further, Mr. Syarifuddin explained that the carrier journey of Mr. H.M. Said Munji as a judge was full of challenges. To be assigned in Central Jakarta and North Jakarta were not apart from temptation that may sway faith.

But he believed that the success of Mr. Said Munji as a judge and a chairperson in Central Jakarta and North Jakarta Religious Court cannot be separated from the submission with sincerity. “This is the true principle The Holy Qur’an has taught us in Surah At Taubah verse 105. It says ‘Tell them, O Prophet, do as you will. Your deeds will be observed by Allah, His Messenger, and the believers. And you will be returned to the Knower of the seen and unseen, then He will inform you of what you used to do.’


In the last of his speech, on behalf of himself and the institution, Mr. Syarifuddin thanked and gave the appreciation to Mr. H. M. Said Munji for his long time submission. “Thirty-six years was a long period of time in pursuing a career as a judge. From now on, Mr. Said Munji can enjoy his time together with his family. On behalf of myself and the institution of Indonesia Supreme Court, I say thanks and appreciation for the long time submission and the contribution for the development that has been achieved in every assignment.” He stated. (dh)

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