The Kosovo Specialist Chambers welcomes visitors over the age of 16 who would like to attend public hearings from the public gallery of the courtroom. Journalists are able to follow public hearings from a dedicated media centre. The dates and times of public hearings are published on the KSC website.

Public court hearings may include content that is found disturbing by some attendees. Visitors’ discretion is advised. For this reason, persons under 16 years of age are only permitted in the Public Gallery during hearings under certain conditions (see below).

Currently due to measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, available seating in the public gallery is very limited and pre-registration is required.

Pre-registration

To pre-register to attend a scheduled public hearing, send an email to [email protected]. Unless otherwise specified in the Court Calendar, deadlines for pre-registration are at 12:00 two working days before the relevant hearing.

In the email, please provide the following details:

  • Full name

  • Date of birth

  • Citizenship and number of passport or other national ID

  • Affiliation, if relevant (e.g. general public, accredited diplomat, NGO/civil society)

  • Journalists wishing to follow from the media centre should also provide the name of the media outlet, location where you are based, as well as a scan of your press card.

You will be informed as soon as possible whether there is space available in the public gallery. If space is not available, you can also follow public hearings online. We ask for your understanding given the limitations imposed by public health measures in response to COVID-19.

Arrival and Registration

Please make sure that you arrive 30 minutes ahead of time since entry procedures may take longer than usual due to Covid-19 measures.

Persons attending public hearings are kindly requested to use the front entrance to the KSC premises located on Raamweg.

Upon arrival at the KSC, all visitors must show a valid photo identification at the security reception to be granted access to the premises.

Before entering the premises and again before entering the public gallery, all visitors will be subject to security checks, including passage through a metal detector. Any individual refusing these security checks will be denied entry.

A KSC Security Officer will ask all visitors a number of questions related to Covid-19 that are relevant for granting permission to enter the premises.

VISITORS UNDER THE AGE OF 16

Attendance at public hearings from the courtroom public gallery by persons age 16 or younger is subject to limitations.  

Children under 14 are not permitted to attend court hearings from the public gallery except for children or dependents of accused persons, attending the relevant hearing.

Visitors between the ages of 14 and 16 may be allowed to attend a hearing from the public gallery of the courtroom upon authorisation of the Presiding Judge and with permission from a parent or legal guardian. They must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or other supervising adult.

Groups of up to 10 visitors between the ages of 14 and 16 accompanied by one supervising adult, may also request authorisation to attend public hearings.

To request authorisation for any person aged 16 or younger to attend a hearing, please fill the request form and send it to [email protected] at least 48 hours prior to the hearing.