Press Release: 13 July 2023

ICC Judges update Chambers Practice Manual to include guidelines on dissenting and separate opinions

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Today, 13 July 2023, the seventh edition of the Chambers Practice Manual of judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) was issued in both English and French.

This update adds a new section to the Chambers Practice Manual on principles and procedures governing the issuance of dissenting and separate opinions. Such principles include that dissenting and separate opinions should be a measure of last resort. Other issues addressed are the length of dissenting and separate opinions and their issuance together with the majority judgment, decision or order. Where appropriate, dissenting or separate views may be included together with that of the majority in a single document. The new section also devises an internal procedure reflecting best practices on the preparation of dissenting and separate opinions.

The seventh revision of the Chambers Practice Manual is the result of collective discussions held at the judicial retreat of the judges in June 2023, where the judges examined various recommendations made in the Report of the Independent Expert Review (‘IER’) conducted in 2020. At the retreat, the judges shared best practices on the issuance of dissenting and separate opinions and agreed to incorporate internal guidelines into the Chambers Practice Manual. The topic of separate and dissenting opinions was addressed in IER recommendations 221-224.

The regular revision and update of the Chambers Practice Manual is part of the judges’ efforts to continuously improve their internal practices and the efficiency and transparency of ICC proceedings. The Chambers Practice Manual is a living document which contains general recommendations and guidelines reflecting best practices identified by the judges.

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For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

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