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ICC Judges agree on measures to improve efficiency of criminal process


The Judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have held a private retreat to consider ways of improving the efficiency of the Court's judicial work.  Following intensive discussions, the Judges agreed on concrete measures aimed at harmonizing working methods and implementing best practices.

"I am delighted that we achieved so much progress in discussing questions of common concern in a collegial manner", said ICC President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi. "Expediting proceedings is a top priority for the Court, and the retreat was a great success as it allowed Judges to agree on measures to harmonize practices and improve efficiency."

The retreat was held on Friday 19 June and Saturday 20 June 2015 in the historic Courtroom 600 of Nuremberg, Germany, with the generous support of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy and the City of Nuremberg.

A large part of the retreat program was based on the extensive work conducted over the last two and a half years in the context of the Lessons Learned Working Group of the ICC Judges, particularly in relation to issues arising from pre-trial and trial proceedings.

The Judges also held a working session devoted to the Court's relationship with external stakeholders with the participation of Mr Adama Dieng, Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide and former Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

A summary of the results of the retreat will be provided to States Parties in the near future.

For further, please contact Sonia Robla, Chief of Public Information Section, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-8089 or 31 (0)6 46448726 or by e-mail at: [email protected].

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