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17 The Bench

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This chapter is concerned with the bench, the ladies and gentlemen, members of the Court and others, who, in the words of a former Registrar, 'will take part in the decision of that particular case'. For this purpose, taking part in a decision includes not merely the judicial operation that ends with a vote, which only judges can perform, but others, specifically assessors, experts appointed by the Court, and members of the registry staff who can take part in the deliberations of the bench but without the right to vote. The Statute also envisages the constitution of smaller standing collectivities of members of the Court and others for certain purposes. The Chamber of Summary Procedure, also a standing chamber, has been regularly formed each year but never yet used in the present Court.

Keywords: bench; international court; Registrar



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