1- What is a complainant?
Any person or legal entity who has useful information regarding the crimes of the Khmer Rouge under the jurisdiction of the ECCC can file a complaint by filling out the Victim Information Form and submitting it to the Victims Support Section (VSS). The information in the complaint may then be used to help in the investigations. Complainants do not participate as parties in hearings, and they are not entitled to ask the court for reparations. They may however be requested to give evidence or testify as witnesses.
2- What is a Civil Party?
Civil Parties are formal participants in the proceedings against those allegedly responsible for the crimes under investigation by the ECCC, and they enjoy rights broadly similar to the prosecution and the defence. Becoming a Civil Party not only gives Victims the right to actively participate in the proceedings, but it also allows Victims to ask the court for collective and moral reparations from the convicted persons.
3- What is a Witness?
Witness is a person who can give a firsthand or factual account relevant to investigations and trials that fall within the mandate of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). This factual account is referred to as "evidence". You may be interviewed by an investigating judge or their representative. Alternatively, you may be summoned before the Trial Chamber and be required to testify in the courtroom of the ECCC, which is located in Phnom Penh.
National and Foreign Application who wish to register in the list of lawyers maintained by Victims Support Section to represent the Victims before ECCC shall complete the relevant forms in lawyer Application Form Section.
National Lawyer shall complete the Cambodian Co-lawyer Application Form attached with the most updated Resume, 2 passport size photos, and the certificate of membership of the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC). Completed Application forms and supporting document shall be sent by post to Victims Support Section (VSS), Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC). All application will be assessed within one month of receipt of the completed application.
Foreign lawyer shall complete the application for registration with the Bar Association of the Kingdom of Cambodia (BAKC) and Foreign Co-lawyer Application Form attached with the most updated Resume, 2 passport size photos, a copy of passport, Certificate of Good Standing, Initial or Current Registration, and other relevant Supporting Documents, Completed Application form and supporting documents shall be sent by post to Victims Support Section (VSS) , Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). All application will be assessed within one month of receipt of the completed application.