The role of the DSS is to ensure fair trials through effective representation of the accused. The Section is responsible for providing indigent accused with a list of lawyers who can defend them, and for providing legal and administrative support to lawyers assigned to work on cases, including the payment of fees. The DSS also acts as a voice for the defence at outreach events and in the media, liaises with other tribunals and NGOs, runs training courses and organises an internship program for young lawyers.
The DSS staff includes experienced
international criminal lawyers, administrative support staff, language
assistants and interns.
A Voice for the Defence
The DSS ensures that the role of the defence is explained in
outreach events throughout Cambodia, by training NGO’s and journalists
in defence issues and by speaking to the media.
The DSS works with the Bar Association
of the Kingdom of Cambodia to offer a range of training courses for
lawyers – Cambodian and foreign – who wish to appear before the ECCC.
Lawyers for the Future
Defence Teams are provided with full office facilities
at the DSS. The ECCC Legal Assistance Scheme is designed to provide
for equality with the prosecution in a fair and efficient fee payment
An internship with the DSS is an ideal opportunity
for young lawyers to put into practice the knowledge they have gained
through advanced study of international criminal law, often in a
very practical way.
For the Defence
Each accused at the ECCC is defended by a team of lawyers.
To match the Co-Prosecutors each accused may have two Co-Lawyers,
one Cambodian and one foreign. The Co-Lawyers are supported by
Legal Consultants and Case Managers from Cambodia and abroad.
The DSS undertakes detailed legal research and analysis for
Co-Lawyers who are assigned to cases in order to assist in the
preparation of legal arguments before the Court.
to Know More?
Visit the ECCC
website to get full details on the work of the Defence Support
Section, including information and application forms to register
with the court as a lawyer, consultant or case manager.