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                                Office of Discipline and Legal Affairs is the work unit which offers legal services. Initially, the Office was established as a work unit called “Discipline and Legal Affairs” under the “Official Affairs Section,” Central Division, Office of the President. In general, the team was responsible for drafting and reviewing regulations/bylaws of the Institute. It also drafted and verified contracts into which the Institute entered with outsiders. The Team also dealt with correspondence in terms of legal argumentative issues with internal/external organizations, provided legal consultancy and official regulations/bylaws, as well as contacting and coordinating officials in the justice procedure. In addition, the “Discipline and Legal Affairs” Team was responsible for forcing to leave service the person who breached his/her study/training leave and compensation contract with NIDA. In addition to these routines, the Team took responsibility for other special assignments. 

 

                                In 1988, Office of the President underwent its restructuring and, therefore, renewed its work segmentation. The once “Official Affairs Section” was transformed into “Official Affairs Department,” but was still under the supervision of Central Division, Office of the President. The “Discipline and Legal Affairs” Team still belonged to this newly renamed department. Later in 1996, NIDA removed the “Official Affairs Department” out of the Central Division and raised its position to be under the direct supervision of Office of the President. The Vice President for Planning was authorized to oversee this work unit. At this point, “Discipline and Legal Affairs” was still included in the “Official Affairs Department.”    

 

                                After that, NIDA’s workload related to human resource management became greater in number, more intricate and complicated in implementation. Even worse, a great number of laws, rules, criteria, and guidelines had double standard. In other words, some could be applied to some people and not all. NIDA, thus, saw it was imperative to adjust the organizational structure of the “Official Affairs Department.” The Institute had a viewpoint that such restructuring could assist the Department, which had a limited number of personnel, in performing its duties with higher efficiency and better quality in line with the changeable situation. In the Announcement of NIDA Board of Regents dated 30 May 2003 on Segregation in the Office of the President, “Official Affairs Department” was raised and became “Official Affairs Sector.” The Sector held its position equivalent to a division. “Discipline and Legal Affairs” Team remained a section under this sector, but with more specific duties and responsibility as follows:       

 

                                “Discipline and Legal Affairs” Team

 

                                1.Discipline Section

                                                1.1 Discipline exertion

                                                1.2 Appeal and complaint

1.3 Conduct legal proceedings in case that a civil servant violates his/her study leave contract 

                                                1.4 Coordination in civil and criminal cases

                                                1.5 Coordination for law enforcement

                                                1.6 Liability for wrongful acts of NIDA officials

 

                                2.Legal Affairs Section

                                                2.1 Draft and consider drafted laws, rules, regulations, and bylaws

                                                2.2 Consider and judge legal issues

                                                2.3 Juristic action related to contracts

 

                                In 2007, the National Institute of Development Administration had a project to analyze the workload, duties, and structure of the “Official Affairs Sector.”   As a consequence, different jobs in the Sector were re-subsumed. In this regard, “Discipline and Legal Affairs” Team was removed from the Sector. According to NIDA Announcement dated 23 January 2007 on Work Segregation in the Office of the President, “Discipline and Legal Affairs” Team became an official work unit under the supervision of the Office of the President directed by the Vice President for Administrative Affairs.     

 

                                In 2008, for greater efficiency and expertise in administration, NIDA had a policy to retransform job segregation in the Office of the President. For that reason, the “Administration Division” was a newly established work unit under the supervision of the Office of the President. In accord with an Announcement of NIDA Board of Regents dated 1 September 2008 on Work Segregation in the Office of the President, “Discipline and Legal Affairs” Team became an office under the “Administration Division” and has performed its tasks thereunder ever since.   

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