According to Article 12(1) of the Statute, the Registry, under the direction of the Registrar, is responsible for servicing the operational and administrative requirements of the Tribunal. The Registrar is supported by the Immediate Office of the Registrar.The Registry provides support to the Chambers, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Defence Office to facilitate their functioning and ensure that the Tribunal is in a position to expeditiously carry out its mandate in the most cost-efficient manner. It also takes appropriate measures to ensure that the decisions rendered by the Chamber and Judges are executed.
In addition to being responsible for the administration of the courtrooms and usual court management duties such as filings, court proceedings, transcripts, preservation of court records and processing of requests for judicial cooperation, the Registry also assumes the role of an administrative organ of an international organisation, which includes human resources, finance, legal advice, information technology, translation and interpretation, preparing the Tribunal’s budget, providing security, archiving, and public information and communication to name but a few.
The Registry also assumes responsibility for duties such as the support and protection of victims and witnesses and detention matters, which are normally afforded to ministries in national systems.
Unlike in national systems, where law enforcement agencies support the judiciary with the implementation of important judicial orders (e.g. execution of judicial orders for the collection of evidence, searches, seizures, summoning or arresting of suspects or indictees), the Tribunal does not have any judicial police of its own, or law enforcement agencies to support with these tasks and enforce its judicial orders. The Tribunal also does not possess a territory of its own to relocate witnesses whose lives may be at risk and is required to rely on the cooperation of States. Therefore, an important part of the Registry’s work is to maintain relations with the diplomatic community to ensure continued cooperation.
The fact that the Tribunal is funded for 51 per cent through voluntary contributions means that fundraising is another important element of the Registry’s work to secure the necessary funds to achieve the Tribunal’s mandate.
The Registry’s Judicial Division, managed by the Deputy Registrar, provides the necessary support to ensure that hearings run effectively and efficiently. It includes the Court Management and Services Section, the Victims and Witness Unit, the Victims’ Participation Unit, the Language Services Section, the Detention Facility and the Information Services Section.
The Public Information and Communications Section is responsible for contributing to the public understanding of the Tribunal in an accurate and timely fashion. The Tribunal’s communications efforts aim to increase the level of understanding of its role and mandate. The section helps the Tribunal produce a range of internal and external publications and organises events to help explain the Tribunal’s judicial and non-judicial activities.
The Registry’s Division of Administration, managed by the Chief of Administration, provides administrative services to the whole Tribunal. It develops and implements administrative policies, establishes procedures in the area of administration, manages human and financial resources. The Chief of Administration serves as the Tribunal’s focal point for risk management and audit activities. The division includes the Human and Financial Resources Services Section, Budget Unit, Procurement Section, and the General Services Section.
The Security and Safety Section provides and facilitates the necessary levels of security and safety for the Tribunal’s personnel, facilities, assets and programmes.
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