Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The court is adjourned
08:00 I arrived at Pengadilan Negeri (PN). Couldn't help being too early because I came directly from our kids' school, which is nearby. I came to Pidana office to look for Mr. NS, who (of course) wasn't there yet. I waited outside, on a bench next to the entrance door.
08:50 I entered the office again and there he was already. He came out, then told me that he'll look for our Panitera, Mr. A. I was to wait inside. He came back after 5 minutes, letting me know that Mr. A hasn't arrived. We spent some minutes talking, among others, about how sorry he was that he couldn't deliver the letter I signed the day before, and how glad he is that I could make time to come to PN and sign it there. I suppose he realized that he's not entitled the 25.000 IDR(?) :)
09:20 Mr. NS checked again and our Panitera was still not present. We talked some more until I was getting restless. I told him I was actually leaving an important seminar at ITB to come to PN, so I expect everything to be on time.
09:30 Mr. NS asked me to join him to check Mr. A's office upstairs. He's still not there. I was asked to sit and wait inside his office. Mr. NS went back to his office. I bought a newspaper to spend the time.
10:15 Mr. A finally came and I was called to his desk. We talked a bit about the case, that I didn't have any witness with me. Mr. NS told me the other day, and again the same thing was mentioned by Mr. A, that commonly original documents (passport, birth certificate, etc.) are already sufficient. So we walked to the judge's office, downstairs at the front of PN building.
10:30 I forgot the name of the judge but it's a lady. She explained that I actually need to bring witnesses. This is due to cases such as, an Indonesian woman legalized her marriage in Indonesia while she actually was already divorced with her foreign husband, whose consequence is at the inheritance. So, she said, I - as the applicant - have to show a good intention by providing the witnesses and bringing my husband along. So, the court is adjourned until Wednesday next week.
Another point to remember when taking care of formailty business with government offices: they always tell you the essential requirements when it's already too late, so you always have to postpone your plan. Thanks for your supports, friends and family, I'll keep you updated with whatever happens..