Friday, January 14, 2011

Legal Awareness vs. Legal Compliance

Various legal counseling programs conducted during the time of the general public especially those on the Villages with the creation of target litigious society (Kadarkum) seems something good and ideal. But that must be understood with the public legal awareness are not synonymous with compliance with the law the law itself.

Compliance with the law is essentially "kesetian" person or legal subject to that law which diujudkan in the form of real behavior, being "legal consciousness of the people" is still not an abstract form of real behaviors that accommodate the will of the law itself. Many community members are aware of the need to actually respect for the law either "instinctive" as well as rational, but they tend not to obey the law. Developed legal culture of our community the more it reflects the attitude of opportunis can berkenderaan their diibarat traffic on the highway, when a red light and nothing happened to the police who guard the many of "them" reckless still go on with no regard or heed red lights are lit.

Is the so those who violate a red light that we say are not aware of the legal and / or do not understand what the function of regulating the presence of light traffic that there is a crossroads disimpang-.. ?, We are too premature to say they are not aware of the law.

They're actually conscious of the need for traffic regulation passed on the highway and more than that they are also aware of having violated a red light, but the problem is they do not adhere to that rule. And there's more as illustration the case of a child in this country people who had just committed yells (demonstration) with an agenda "enforce the rule of law without discrimination, corrupt law officials and black conglomerates" but when a young nation and hurried over demostrasi home accident in the middle of the road hit a raid (Poltas interception) and the nation's children do not happen to carry license, even for Poltas ngajak 86, another word for "understanding" resolved outside the courts.

It seems the case illustration is a representation of the legal culture in Indonesia. Most of the people we are aware of the necessity of law and respect for the law in the life of nation and state, but in fact our society tend not to obey the law.

That one's awareness of the law did not necessarily make a person is obedient to the law because many social indicators affecting the other. Legal compliance is the dependent variable is to build a law-abiding community have sought an independent intervening variable or variables that government programs that require the creation of litigious society the result can be seen in the form of compliance with these people in the law itself, that is not necessary means of coercion (power cq Police) that makes people afraid that they obey the law.

But on the other hand was not in fact too little of our Law Enforcement that belong to the chess dynasty that in doing his duty to enforce the law, especially in material criminal law (Criminal Code and Regulations Laws and other laws that contain criminal sanctions) it did break the law by formal criminal (Criminal Procedure Code and other Criminal Procedure) that either intentional or "accidental", that fact may indicate a strong and give the impression to the public that the law enforcement process in our country is still done with a half-hearted even in this era of reform era which he put forward the law as a "commander".

This fact is even more strongly suggests to the public that "enforcement hukumpun" in this country "does not obey the law".


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