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The Hague, 3 July 2006
Judge Kimberley Prost of Canada was today sworn in as an ad litem, or temporary, judge of the Tribunal. The UN Secretary-General appointed Judge Prost as an ad litem judge to sit on the Popovic et al. trial. The trial, in which seven former senior Bosnian Serb military officials are charged with genocide against Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica, is due to commence on 14 July
The Tribunal has 16 permanent judges elected by the UN General Assembly, as well as a maximum at any one time of 12 ad litem judges. The ad litem judges are appointed to sit on a specific trial. This appointment is made by the Secretary-General at the request of the Tribunal's president, from a pool of 27 judges elected by the UN General Assembly.