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Practice Directions

Practice directions contain policies defining certain practical aspects of judicial proceedings and other legal procedures related to the Tribunal’s work. The menu below should not be considered an official ICTY publication and is meant only to facilitate the search for documents.


Access to Confidential Material
Procedure for the Variation of Protective Measures Pursuant to Rule 75 (h) of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the International Tribunal for Access to Confidential Tribunal Material, 4 February 2008

Formal Requirements for Appeals from Judgement, 7 March 2002

Practice Direction on procedure for the filing of written submissions in appeal proceedings before the International Tribunal, Rev. 4, 04 April 2012

Previous Versions: 21 February 2005; 7 March 2002; 1 October 1999

Procedure for the Investigation and Prosecution of Contempt before the International Tribunal, 6 May 2004
Rules of Procedure and Evidence
Procedure for the Proposal, Consideration of and Publication of Amendments to the Rules of Procedure and Evidence of the International Tribunal, Rev. 2, 24 January 2002

Previous Versions: 4 May 2001; 18 December 1998

Procedure for the Implementation of Rule 92bis(b) of The Rules of Procedure and Evidence, 20 July 2001


Procedure for the International Tribunal's Designation of the State in which a Convicted Person is to Serve his/her Sentence of Imprisonment, Rev.1, 1 September 2009

Previous Version: 9 July 1998

Procedure for the Determination of Applications for Pardon, Commutation of Sentence, and Early Release of Persons Convicted by the International Tribunal, Rev.3, 16 September 2010

Previous Versions: 1 September 20097 April 1999


Practice Direction on the Application of an Electronic Court Management System, Rev.2, 7 April 2017

Practice Direction on the Procedure for the Review of Written Submissions Which Contain Obscene or Otherwise Offensive Language, Rev.1, 7 April 2017

Information Concerning the Submission of Amicus Curiae Briefs (Rev.1), 16 February 2015

Length of Briefs and Motions, Rev. 2, 16 September 2005

Previous Versions: 5 March 2002; 19 January 2001

Procedure for Amending Regulations Issued by the Registrar, 12 July 2000