In many judicial systems, Courtroom scenes focus on the Prosecution and Defence. At the ICC, a third participant is represented in the Courtroom: the victim.

Represented by their own lawyers, victims are entitled to participate in proceedings, to ensure that their views and concerns are heard on matters where their personal interests are affected. Such participation is voluntary and enables victims to express an opinion independently of the Prosecution or the Defence. Victims participating in proceedings may also challenge the admissibility or the relevance of evidence presented by the parties. Find out more about victims at the ICC


Trust Fund for Victims:

Victims Participation and Reparations Section:

Office of Public Counsel for Victims:

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