Information for victims
Updated on 07/07/2020
On 6 January 2020, Trial Chamber X responsible for conducting the trial phase ("Chamber") set the beginning of the trial on 14 July 2020. The Chamber is constituted of Judges Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua, presiding; Judge Tomoko Akane; and Judge Kimberly Prost.
On 12 March 2020, the Chamber issued a decision establishing the procedure for the participation of victims at trial in which it notably approved a joint participation/reparations form for victims to fill in if they wish to participate in the trial phase in the Al Hassan case and/or seek reparations in case of a conviction (see links to the approved form below).
On 12 June 2020, the Chamber extended the deadline to receive victims' applications for participation beyond the trial commencement date and until the end of the Prosecution case. This extension was decided primarily in the light of the extraordinary situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Victims are generally able to use one of two forms, depending on their situation: one is for individuals and the other is for organizations. Rule 85(b) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence defines organizations which may participate in proceedings before the ICC as organizations or institutions that, as a result of crimes within the jurisdiction of the ICC, sustained direct harm to any of their property which is dedicated to religion, education, art or science or charitable purposes, and to their historic monuments, hospitals and other places and objects for humanitarian purposes.
PDF versions of the forms in French and English are available for download by clicking on the relevant links below, alongside important guidance on how to fill in the forms is available for download in French and in English.
You can send your application form to the ICC Registry at any time. Contact details of the Victims Participation and Reparations Section (VPRS) are indicated below. We can also connect you to the ICC Country Office in Bamako, if you want to hand in your application there.
Please note, however, that the Chamber has directed the VPRS to transmit all new applications for participation for the trial phase before the end of the Prosecution case. As the end date of the Prosecution case is not yet known, the VPRS will be providing additional information as soon as possible, including on the recommended deadline for sending the applications to the Registry so that they may be processed and transmitted within the time limits set by the Chamber. If you have any questions concerning the timeline, please contact the VPRS.
Applications received after the deadline of 15 May 2020 will also be considered, but applicants may not be able to participate in trial proceedings. If you have questions regarding the timeline, please contact the VPRS.
Recommendations to fill in the forms:
Read carefully the guidance available. This is essential to ensuring that the form is complete, that all the required supporting documentation is provided, and that the application can be considered.
If possible, please fill out the form in French or English and be as specific and concise as you can.
Please send completed forms together with copies of supporting documentation to the VPRS at the postal address below:
International Criminal Court
Victims Participation and Reparations Section
PO Box 19519
2500CM, The Hague
Victims are also able to send their application form for participation and/or reparations and related supporting documentation to the following email address:
Alternatively, please contact us if you wish to hand in your application form to the ICC Country Office in Bamako.
For any question related to the participation of victims in the proceedings, on how to fill in the victim participation form, or for any other question, please contact the Victims Participation and Reparations Section at the following address: [email protected]
Please note that the application form for participation and/or reparations is not intended to submit or provide evidence in the proceedings before the ICC. Collecting evidence does not fall into the VPRS's competencies but is solely for the parties in the proceedings: it is first and foremost the Office of the Prosecutor's mandate; the Defence may also collect evidence.
Any relevant information that could be evidence relating to a crime within the jurisdiction of the ICC can be sent at any time to the Office of the Prosecutor at: [email protected]
Please click on the languages below if you wish to open, download and/or print a PDF application form.
Application form for individuals
Application form guidelines
Application form for organizations/institutions
Application form guidelines
Please note that the online form is available in French and English.
For more victim-related information please click here.
here for a detailed general booklet for victims before the ICC.
Key points on legal representation of victims