The Fall and Rise of Public Trust towards the Indonesian Constitutional Court

Indonesia’s Constitutional Court was established in 2003 through constitutional amendments. During its first decade, the Court lived up to expectations, enjoying a high level of public trust. This sense of achievement ended abruptly when Chief Justice Akil Mochtar was caught red-handed in a bribery case in 2013. Public trust in the Constitutional Court plummeted to just 28 percent. The Court managed to restore its credibility after successfully resolving disputes over the 2014 Presidential Election. However, shortly after this recovery, the Court was hit by another thunderstorm. Justice Patrialis Akbar was caught receiving bribes in 2017. Interestingly, the level of public trust in the Constitutional Court has climbed to 70.2 percent. This article examines the factors that caused the fall and rise of public trust in the Indonesian Constitutional Court. It also analyses the crisis management undertaken by the Court to restorepublic trust and maintain its legitimacy.