Access for public and media accreditation
to the judgement on the appeal in Case 002/01 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan
The Supreme Court Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) announced recently that it will pronounce its judgement on the appeals in Case 002/01 against Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan on Wednesday, 23 November at 9:00am in the main courtroom of the ECCC.
Information to visitors and media:
The 482 seats in the public gallery will be allocated as follows:
1. Case 002 Civil Parties and legal representatives:
100 seats have been allocated to Civil Parties facilitated by the Victims Support Section and intermediary organizations and their legal representatives. Seats that are not utilized by 8:45am on the day of the pronouncement will be reallocated to the general public.
2. Diplomats, government representatives and scholars:
50 seats have been allocated to this group. Advance registration is required. Requests for seats must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for registration: Monday 14 November 2016, at 4:00pm. Seats that are not utilized by 8:45am on the day of the pronouncement will be reallocated to the general public.
3. NGO representatives:
40 seats have been allocated to NGOs with ECCC-related programmes. Advance registration is required. Requests for seats must be sent to email@example.com. Deadline for registration: Monday 14 November, 4:00pm. Following the deadline for requests, and dependent on the total number of requests, the ECCC will notify each NGO of the number of seats allocated. If the number of requests exceeds the total number of seats allocated, the ECCC will allocate the seats according to the following priorities:
1. Staff from intermediary organizations;
2. Staff involved in regular court-monitoring programmes;
3. NGOs with regular attendance at past hearings.
Seats that are not utilized by 8:45am on the day of the pronouncement will be reallocated to the general public.
4. Media representatives:
20 seats in the public gallery have been allocated to media representatives, and the remaining members of the media will be allocated seats in the Press Room (C105) on the ground floor of the court building. Requests to reserve a media seat in the public gallery must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline: Friday 18 November, 4:00pm.
5. General public:
262 seats will be allocated to the general public, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The gate at the visitors’ entrance will open at 7:00am. The ECCC recommends that visitors arrive early at the security gate in order to leave enough time to pass through security and receive their tickets. Doors to the courtroom will close by 8:45am, or when all seats in the public gallery are occupied.
Please be advised that all visitors are required to present an ID card (including a photo) at the gate. No persons under 16 years of age will be admitted to the court, and persons aged 16–18 will be admitted only with the guardianship of an adult. Visitors shall maintain dignity and proper behaviour at all times and shall wear appropriate clothing. No mobile phones, large bags, food or drink are permitted in the public gallery.
The ECCC is located in Chaom Chau, Phnom Penh, 16 kilometers away from the city centre on National Road 4 toward Sihanoukville, about 10 minutes past Phnom Penh International Airport. Public and media will please enter from the visitors’ gate at the eastern end of the compound. Parking will be provided for visitors with their own vehicles.
Advance registration and accreditation is required for all media representatives who wish to be granted access to the ECCC on 23 November 2016. The following procedure will apply for media representatives seeking access to the ECCC:
a) Media representatives who do not already have an ECCC press accreditation card must submit a completed and signed Media Accreditation Form, a .jpg portrait photo and a copy of their passport together with their request for access by 18 November 2016 to email@example.com.
b) Media representatives who have a valid ECCC press accreditation card must register their request for access by 18 November 2016 with the Public Affairs Section by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
c) Media representatives who have an expired ECCC press accreditation card must re-submit a completed and signed Media Accreditation Form together with their request for access by 18 November to email@example.com. Please indicate the card number of your expired ECCC accreditation card.
The Media Accreditation Form can be downloaded from the ECCC website:
Deadline for media registration and accreditation requests: Friday 18 November 2016, 4:00pm.
The ECCC Public Affairs Section will provide facilities on the ground floor of the court building to assist the media during the court hearing.
Audio and video feeds of the court proceedings will be provided in the Press Room (C105). Television monitors will provide a live transmission of the proceedings in English, Khmer and French.
The Press Work Room (C108) has a quiet space for working, and a number of computers with internet connections will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note that there is currently only a limited wifi network available at the ECCC, and the court is not in a position to guarantee the stability of the wifi network. Consequently, media representatives are advised to bring their own 3G modems.
Seats reserved for media in the public gallery
Media representatives should be in their allocated seats 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the hearing. No cameras, laptops, mobile phones or recording devices will be permitted in the public gallery.
The ECCC will provide high-resolution photography handouts from the start of the hearing.
Audio and video feeds
Audio feeds of the proceedings will be provided to media through a PHONO/XLR connection. This feed can be accessed in the Press Room (C105) using one of 48 audio connections (16 each in Khmer, English and French). Additional audio hookups are possible from recorder to recorder if the users bring the required cables. No audio recording will be permitted inside the courtroom.
Video feeds of the proceedings will be provided through a BNC connection (PAL signal). This feed can be accessed in the Press Room (C105) using one of 30 output connections. Additional video hookups are possible from recorder to recorder if the users bring the required cables. No video recording will be allowed inside the courtroom.
Installation of media equipment and reservation of space in the Press Room (C105)
Representatives of the media who wish to pre-install equipment and reserve space in the Press Room may visit the ECCC on Tuesday 22 November 2016 between 9:00am and 4:00pm.
Media accreditation cards can be picked up at the ECCC on 22 November 2016 between 9:00am and 4:00pm, or by the media entrance to the ECCC on the morning of 23 November 2016. If you wish to pick up the accreditation card at a different time, please make an appointment with one of the spokespersons listed below.