Special Court for Sierra Leone

General introduction
The Special Court for Sierra Leone has its seat in Freetown (Sierra Leone) although the Charles Taylor trial is taking place in The Hague.The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) is an independent judicial body set up jointly by the Government of Sierra Leone and the United Nations pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1315 (2000). On 16 January 2002, the UN and the Government of Sierra Leone signed an agreement establishing the Court in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Due to security concerns, the trial of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia and the first African head of state tried for war crimes before an international tribunal, was moved to the premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Nevertheless, the trial is still conducted under SCSL auspices.

The Special Court has two Trial Chambers and one Appeals Chamber. The Judges are appointed by the Government of Sierra Leone and by the United Nations Secretary-General. The Presiding Judge of the Appeals Chamber is the President of the Court. The Judges are appointed for a renewable term of three years.

In total, 13 people have been indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and other violations of international humanitarian law by the Special Court.

View the SCSL research files on the Hague Justice Portal

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Who is who?
Justice Jon Kamanda, President
Justice Emmanuel Ayoola (Nigeria), Vice President
Herman von Hebel, Registrar
Prosecutor Brenda Hollis
Deputy Prosecutor Joseph Kamara

Contact information
Address in The Hague
Binckhorstlaan 400
2516 BL Den Haag
The Netherlands

Address in Freetown:
Special Court for Sierra Leone
Jomo Kenyatta Road
New England, Freetown
Sierra Leone

Telephone numbers
+31 (0)70 515 85 15
+232 22 297000 (Sierra Leone)

E-mail: scsl-mail@un.org
Website: Special Court for Sierra Leone

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