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Contribution Of The Registry To Greater Respect For The Principles Of Fairness And Expeditious Proceedings Before The International Criminal Court

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Justice is credible only when it is efficient, expeditious and fair. For five years, three aspects of the Registrys work have had a major impact on the respect of procedural safeguards: the technical support provided to the participants and to the Chambers; the witness protection function it was assigned by the basic documents; and its specific mandate as regards the interests of the Defence and the protection of the rights of the victims. Article 43 (6) of the Statute provides for the establishment of a Victims and Witnesses Unit (VWU) whose mandate is to provide protection and assistance to witnesses who appear before the Court and others who are at risk on account of testimony given by such witnesses. Traditionally, within the Courts Registry there is a defence support unit which provides technical assistance to counsel. Similar units exist within the registries of other international criminal courts (ICC).

Keywords: Courts registry; international criminal courts (ICC); Victims and Witnesses Unit (VWU)



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