The Office of Public Counsel for the Defence (OPCD) is an independent Office of the Court that is dedicated to the work of the Defence. Established pursuant to Regulation 77 of the Regulations of the Court, the OPCD endeavours to promote, represent and protect the Defence, raising the profile of Defence issues. In the day-to-day, the OPCD follows all cases to create a collective Defence memory and resource centre — to learn from the experiences of the individual ICC Defence teams and provide legal resources, research and advice as requested by them. The Counsel of the OPCD also remains available to be called upon by the Chambers to represent a suspect/defendant in proceedings or provide opinion on specific questions of law. In performing their tasks, members of the Office act independently and are bound by the Code of Professional Conduct for Counsel.
Duties and Responsibilities
Typical duties and responsibilities of visiting professionals are:
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