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The Office Of The Prosecutor

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The Office of the Prosecutor is an important organ of the Court, responsible for the investigation of crimes within the jurisdiction of the Court and the prosecution of offenders. The judges, the Prosecutor, the Deputy Prosecutor and the Registrar enjoy, in accordance with article 48.2, the same privileges and immunities as are accorded to heads of diplomatic missions and shall continue to be accorded "immunity from legal process of every and in respect of words spoken or written and acts performed by them in their official capacity" after the expiry of their term of office. Article 54 defines the duties and powers of the Prosecutor with respect to investigations. Referral of a situation by either a State party or the Security Council confers authority upon the Prosecutor to proceed with an investigation without the prior authorisation of the Pre-Trial Chamber.

Keywords: Deputy Prosecutor; investigation; jurisdiction; Pre-Trial Chamber



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