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France

France - ICC Cooperation Law 2002 (FR)

ARTICLE I
TITLE I CO-OPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
CHAPTER I JUDICIAL CO-OPERATION
SECTION 1: MUTUAL JUDICIAL ASSISTANCE

Article 627-1

(Inserted by Law no. 2002-268 of 26 February 2002 art. 1 Official Journal of 27 February 2002)

Requests for mutual assistance issued by the International Criminal Court are sent to the competent authorities in accordance with article 87 of the statute. The original document or a certified copy may be sent, accompanied by supporting evidence.
These documents are sent to the district prosecutor of Paris, who takes appropriate action.
In urgent cases, these documents may be sent directly to him, by any available means. They are then sent on in the forms provided for in the previous paragraphs.

Article 627-2

(Inserted by Law no. 2002-268 of 26 February 2002 art. 1 Official Journal of 27 February 2002)

Requests for mutual assistance are carried out, according to the case, by the district prosecutor or the investigating judge of Paris, who act on behalf of the whole French territory, if necessary in the presence of the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court or his representative, or any other person mentioned in the International Criminal Court’s request.
The official records made during the carrying out of these requests are sent to the International Criminal Court by the competent authorities, in accordance with article 87 of the statute.
In urgent cases, certified copies of the official records may be sent directly to the International Criminal Court. The official records are sent on afterwards in the forms provided for in the previous paragraphs.

ARTICLE I
TITLE I CO-OPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
CHAPTER I JUDICIAL CO-OPERATION
SECTION 2: ARRESTS AND TRANSFERS

Article 627-12

(Inserted by Law no. 2002-268 of 26 February 2002 art. 1 Official Journal of 27 February 2002)

Transit through French territory is sanctioned by the competent authorities in accordance with article 87 of the statute.

ARTICLE I
TITLE I CO-OPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
CHAPTER I JUDICIAL CO-OPERATION
SECTION 2: ARRESTS AND TRANSFERS

Article 627-13

(Inserted by Law no. 2002-268 of 26 February 2002 art. 1 Official Journal of 27 February 2002)

Where the court seeks an extension to the conditions of the transfer granted by the French authorities, the request is sent to the competent authorities, in accordance with article 87 of the Statute, who communicate it to the investigating chamber of the Appeal Court of Paris together with all the evidence and any statement of the party concerned.
If, after examining the submitted documents and, where appropriate, the explanations of the advocate for the party concerned, the investigating chamber finds that there is no obvious error, it grants the requested extension.

ARTICLE I
TITLE I CO-OPERATION WITH THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
CHAPTER I JUDICIAL CO-OPERATION
SECTION 2: ARRESTS AND TRANSFERS

Article 627-15

(Inserted by Law no. 2002-268 of 26 February 2002 art. 1 Official Journal of 27 February 2002)

Any person detained on French territory may, if they agree, be transferred to the International Criminal Court in order to be identified or heard, or for any other investigative act to be carried out. The transfer is authorised by the Minister of Justice.

Rome Statute

Article 87 Requests for cooperation: general provisions

1.

(a) The Court shall have the authority to make requests to States Parties for cooperation. The requests shall be transmitted through the diplomatic channel or any other appropriate channel as may be designated by each State Party upon ratification, acceptance, approval or accession. Subsequent changes to the designation shall be made by each State Party in accordance with the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.