Promoting access to justice

The ICC is a home for justice. It is a court of last resort, so countries have the first responsibility to address crimes. The ICC may step in only when a country can't or won't.

The Court aims to promote access to justice in three ways: knowledge, physical access and legal access. Explore to find out more.

Knowledge as power: Access to information

Access to justice starts with knowledge. Knowledge of your rights. Of the justice system, both at home and internationally. Of how to make your voice heard. At the ICC, we prioritize getting information and knowledge to the people so they can be empowered to take part in the justice process and help others to do so.


Journey to justice: Physical access

Once you know your rights, you can take the first steps on your journey to justice. You want to see justice happen with your own eyes and take part. But how is this possible if the Court is far from where you live? Explore how the ICC brings the Courtroom closer to the people.


In the Courtroom: Legal access

Ultimately, access to justice means legal access. Legal representation in the Courtroom. Fair trials in which all those in the Courtroom contribute to the justice process. Having your voice be heard through your lawyer. As a Court of last resort, the ICC can offer recourse to justice when there is no other means.