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Rule 61: Initial Appearance of Accused and Plea

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This chapter talks about the rule 61 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the statute of the Special Court of Sierra Leone. It discusses several cases and their trial chambers decisions. The first case is of Prosecutor v. Sankoh, Case No. SCSL-03-02-I, Order for Further Physiological and Psychiatric Examination and Detention on Remand, 21 March 2003. It is indeed a cardinal principle of criminal law that entering a plea is the exclusive privilege of the accused. This prerogative cannot be delegated to anyone, not even to his Counsel, for, when the trial begins, he and he alone is stigmatised as the culprit. The chapter also talks about the appeals chamber decisions.

Keywords: appeals chamber decisions; chambers decisions; Special Court of Sierra Leone



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