In 21 August 2015, the Supreme Court of the Republic of Indonesia issued Supreme Court Regulation No. 5 of 2015 regarding Court Procedures to Obtain Decision Upon Receiving Petition for Administrative Decree and/or Action from the Government Entity and/or Official ("PERMA 5/2015"). PERMA 5/2015 is enacted as the implementation regulation of Article 53 of the Law No. 30 of 2014 on State Administration Law ("Law 30/2014").

Based on Article 53 of Law 30/2014, government entity and/ or official ("Government") is obliged to issue and/or perform an Administrative Decree and/or action ("Administrative Decree/Action") within the limited time period as provided in the relevant regulation. If the relevant regulations do not regulate the time period, the Government should issue and/ or perform the Administrative Decree/Action no later than 10 (ten) working days upon receiving the application for such Administrative Decree/Action.

In the event the Government failed to issue and/or perform the Administrative Decree/Action until such time period has lapsed, the application will be deemed as lawfully granted. Accordingly, the petitioner is required to submit a petition to the relevant State Administrative Court (Pengadilan Tata Usaha Negara) ("Court") to obtain Court decision on the petition to issue and/or perform an Administrative Decree and/or Action rom the Government ("Petition").

PERMA 5/2015 further set out the detailed procedures to obtain the Court decision on the Petition, as follows:


The Petition must be written in Indonesian Language by the applicant or his attorney in 5 (five) sets, which should consist of:

1.  Identity of the Petitioner;

2. Merits of the Petition, including:

a. Legal Standing.

The petitioner must describe the damages and losses suffered due to the petitionee's failure in issuing and/or performing the Administrative Decree/Action within the designated time frame.

b. Ground for the Petition.

The petitioner must clearly describe the petitionee's authority, as well as the procedure, and substance of the Administrative Decree/Action according to the laws and/ or good governance principles.

3. Request of the Petition which shall include the following:

a. To grant the Petition from the petitioner; and

b. To order the petitionee to issue the Administrative Decree/Action.

4. The Petition must be signed by the applicant or his attorney. Other than submitted in hardcopy, the Petition may also submitted in digital form through a compact disc or similar devices.


The petitioner shall present evidences which at least consist of the Petitioner's identity, relevant documentary evidences, list of candidates for witnesses/experts, and electronic documents/information (if necessary).

The court examination proceeding will be as follows:

a. Examination of the merits of the Petition;

b. Examination of the response from the petitionee;

c. Examination of documentary evidences;

d.Witness and/or expert examination;

e. Examination of electronic information/documents.


Article 53 of Law 30/2014 provides that Court shall render its decision on the Petition in no later than 21 (twenty-one) days after the Petition's date of submission.

The dicta of the Court decision may contain the following:

a. To declare the Petition as inadmissible, if the Petition does not meet a formal requirement;

b. To grant the Petition from the Petitioner and to order the Government to issue Decree/Action;

c. To reject the Petition, if the Petition is groundless;

d. To declare the Petition as null, if the petitioner fails to attend the court hearing for 2 (two) consecutive times since the first court hearing notification without a proper or reasonable excuse.

Based on Article 16 of PERMA 5/2015, the Court Decision is final and binding, and thus not subject to appeal.

The issuance of PERMA 5/2015 is expected to provide clear guidance on the procedures to obtain Court decision upon any failure by the Government to issue and/or enforce any application of Administrative Decree/Action. It is also hoped to serve as a solution to any party facing the prolonged process or delay response from the Government to obtain an Administrative Decree/Action.

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