Code of Professional Conduct for Counsel
Counsel appearing before the Court is bound by the Code of Conduct for Counsel (Code of Conduct), adopted by the Fourth Assembly of States Parties in December 2005. It is important to note that Article 1 of the Code of Conduct broadens the definition of counsel to whom the Code of Conduct applies, to include representatives of victims and to counsel acting for a State or organization, and persons making submissions as Amicus Curiae.
The Code of Conduct governs specific matters related to representation by counsel, counsel’s relations with the Court and others. It establishes a disciplinary regime, providing the rules and procedures governing liability and disciplinary procedures, and also provides for an institutional framework establishing a Disciplinary Board and Appeals Disciplinary Board.
The Office of the Prosecutor adopted its own code of conduct in 2013 which includes standards of conduct for all members of the Office, both staff members (including counsel) and elected officials.
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