Criminal Policy of Adultery in Indonesia

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Anis Widyawati


Judge courage needed in deciding adultery cases in article 284 of the Criminal Code for perpetrators who have not been bound by marriage, the judge can apply based on the 1945 Constitution and the Law on Judicial Power, which states the source of law is not only the Law (expansion of the principle of material legality) but can also source from code that lives in the community (customary law). This research is intended to analyze and describe the penal policy (criminal law policy and politics of criminal law) concerning adultery in Indonesia. This research uses normative legal research, where the Author analyze and compare all laws and regulations concerning to adultery in Indonesia and some theories of adultery in global context. This paper emphasized that adultery not only against religious values but also customary values (customary law). The formulation of adultery concept in Indonesian Penal Code affected by religious teachings and national ideology of Pancasila.

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Widyawati, A. (2020). Criminal Policy of Adultery in Indonesia. JILS (Journal of Indonesian Legal Studies), 5(1), 171-186.
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Anis Widyawati, Faculty of Law, Universitas Negeri Semarang

Anis Widyawati is a Lecturer at the Law Faculty of Universitas Negeri Semarang since 2006. She obtained Bachelor of Law degree from Faculty of Law Universitas Jember and a Masters of Laws degree from Diponegoro University. Currently, the Author is pursuing a Doctor of Law program at Diponegoro University, Semarang, Indonesia. The focus of expertise includes Criminal Law, Special Criminal Law, and Penitentiary Law. Aside from being a lecturer, the Author is also active in various research projects and scientific conferences both at home and abroad. In addition, the author also devotes himself as an Instructor of Anti-Corruption of ACLC Anti-Corruption Commission of the Republic of Indonesia and SPAK (Women Voice of Anti-Corruption) in Central Java.


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