A natural person who believes to have personally suffered physical, material or mental harm as a direct result of a crime alleged in an indictment confirmed by a Pre-Trial Judge may apply to the Specialist Chambers to be admitted as a participating victim.
Victims may only apply to participate when an indictment confirmed by a Pre-Trial Judge is made public. At that point in time, the Victims’ Participation Office of the Registry will make application forms available and provide detailed information about the requirements for admission as a participating victim and about the application process. Applications must be submitted to the Victims’ Participation Office sufficiently in advance of the opening of the trial.
The Victims’ Participation Office will treat all victims’ applications as well as communications with potential participating victims and those who assist them as confidential.
The Law on the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office provides that the personal interests and rights of victims in criminal proceedings are notification, acknowledgement, and reparation. Accordingly, upon admission, victims may participate in proceedings in accordance with the procedures set out in the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.
Representation through Counsel
In order to be able to represent victims, a lawyer has to meet the requirements set out in the Rules of Procedure and Evidence and in the Directive on Counsel.
Victims will participate as a single group, unless a Panel of Judges decides to form more than one group. A group of victims will be represented in the proceedings by Counsel assigned by the Registrar, after taking into account their views and interests.
List of Counsel
In order to be admitted to the List of Counsel maintained by the Victims’ Participation Office, a lawyer needs to meet the requirements set out in the Directive on Counsel, which entered into force on 6 November 2017. The process for admission to the List of Counsel is set out in Sections 6 and 7 of the Directive.
A lawyer applying to the List of Counsel may indicate whether he or she is available on short notice to be assigned as Duty Counsel. The Victims’ Participation Office will maintain a List of Duty Counsel for that purpose.
The application form for the List of Counsel is accessible HERE.
A guide for applicants to the List of Counsel is accessible HERE.
All queries relating to the application procedure for admission to the List of Counsel and victims’ participation may be sent to the Victims’ Participation Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org .