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Today, 28 January 2020, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”) issued an order setting the procedure and the schedule for the submission of observations on the Prosecutor’s request, resubmitted on 22 January 2020, under article 19(3) of the Rome Statute related to the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction in the Situation in the State of Palestine.
The Chamber, composed of Presiding Judge Péter Kovács, Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut and Judge Reine Alapini-Gansou invites Palestine, Israel, and victims in the Situation in the State of Palestine, to submit written observations on the Prosecutor’s Request by no later than 16 March 2020. In addition, other States, organisations and/or persons may submit applications for leave to file written observations by no later than 14 February 2020 and, if authorised, to file their observations no later than 16 March 2020. Any observations shall be limited to the question of jurisdiction set forth in the Prosecutor’s Request. The ICC Prosecutor is instructed to file a consolidated response in writing to any observations submitted by no later than 30 March 2020.
The Chamber also considers it appropriate to appoint counsel from the Office of the Public Counsel for Victims to represent victims in the Situation in the State of Palestine who do not have legal representation for the sole purpose of submitting observations in accordance with today’s order.