Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 October 2010

Special Court for Sierra Leone / Outcome of status conference on Charles Taylor trial




Special Court for Sierra Leone / Outcome of status conference on Charles Taylor trial



FREETOWN, Sierra Leone, October 22, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Trial Chamber ordered the following at today’s status conference on the Charles Taylor trial:

– that the Defence case will formally close soon after the end of the testimony of witness DCT 102 or at the very latest by 12 November 2010.  

– there will be a three-week judicial recess commencing close of business Friday 17 December 2010 and which ends at the opening of business on Monday 10 January 2011.

– Final trial briefs will be filed by close of business Friday 14 January 2011.  However, the parties are welcome to file earlier if they are ready well before that date.

– If a party wishes to make written responses, those will be filed by close of business  Monday 31 January 2011.  

– The oral arguments will commence on Tuesday  8 February with the Prosecution closing arguments. Wednesday 9 February, the Defence will make their closing arguments.  There will be a one day hiatus on 10 February for the parties to consider any rebuttals that they may wish to make.  

– Friday 11 February: 09.00 -11.00 – Prosecution rebuttal, if any.
                                  11.30 -13.30 – Defence rebuttal, if any.
– the length of the final trial briefs as agreed by the parties will be not more than 600  pages each.  And the length of the written responses, if any, will not exceed 100 pages each.  

Meanwhile, Court is adjourned  to 1 November at 9.00 a.m. for the testimony of Defence witness DCT 102.



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