Enforcement of sentences of imprisonment


Georgia - Law on Cooperation between the International Criminal Court and Georgia 2003 EN

Chapter II
National State Agency Responsible for Cooperation between the International Court and Georgia

Article 3. A national state agency responsible for cooperation between the International Court and Georgia

3. In the course of cooperating with the International Court, the Responsible Agency shall have the authority:

i) to take a decision on a request of the International Court, for the purpose of executing a deprivation of liberty sentence on the territory of Georgia, for accepting the convicted person and executing a fine and/or other reimbursement of expenses imposed by the International Court.;

Chapter VIII
Execution of Decision of the International Court

Article 45. Conditions for execution of decisions of the International Court

3. Decisions of the International Court shall be executed pursuant to procedures, of the Law of Georgia on Imprisonment, law of Georgia on punishment execution proceedings or the Law of Georgia on Execution of Non-imprisonment Sentences and Probation.

Chapter VIII
Execution of Decision of the International Court

Article 46. Execution of a deprivation of liberty sentence

1. A deprivation of liberty sentence imposed by the International Court may be executed on the territory of Georgia after the Responsible Agency gives consent to execute the request thereon.

2. The Responsible Agency, having consulted with a state authority competent to execute a deprivation of liberty sentence, makes a decision on executing the deprivation of liberty sentence imposed by the International Court on the territory of Georgia. The Responsible Agency shall notify its decision to the International Court.

3. At the request of the Court, the Responsible Agency provides any information related to execution of sentences. The International Court may, at any time, send its representative to Georgia to check the imprisonment conditions and to meet with and converse with the convicts. Relations between the International Court and such a convict shall be confidential.

4. If the convict submits a motion for his release parole, pardon, appeal or renewal of proceedings due to newly discovered circumstances, as appropriate state authority shall immediately forward such a motion together with other necessary documentation to the International Court. Only the International Court shall have the power to reduce the length of imprisonment or mitigate the sentence in any manner.

5. Other matters relating to the execution of the sentence shall be resolved in accordance with the applicable legislation of Georgia.

Rome Statute

Article 103 Role of States in enforcement of sentences of imprisonment


(a) A sentence of imprisonment shall be served in a State designated by the Court from a list of States which have indicated to the Court their willingness to accept sentenced persons.

(b) At the time of declaring its willingness to accept sentenced persons, a State may attach conditions to its acceptance as agreed by the Court and in accordance with this Part.

(c) A State designated in a particular case shall promptly inform the Court whether it accepts the Court's designation.


(a) The State of enforcement shall notify the Court of any circumstances, including the exercise of any conditions agreed under paragraph 1, which could materially affect the terms or extent of the imprisonment. The Court shall be given at least 45 days' notice of any such known or foreseeable circumstances. During this period, the State of enforcement shall take no action that might prejudice its obligations under article 110.

(b) Where the Court cannot agree to the circumstances referred to in subparagraph (a), it shall notify the State of enforcement and proceed in accordance with article 104, paragraph 1.

3. In exercising its discretion to make a designation under paragraph 1, the Court shall take into account the following:

(a) The principle that States Parties should share the responsibility for enforcing sentences of imprisonment, in accordance with principles of equitable distribution, as provided in the Rules of Procedure and Evidence;

(b) The application of widely accepted international treaty standards governing the treatment of prisoners;

(c) The views of the sentenced person;

(d) The nationality of the sentenced person;

(e) Such other factors regarding the circumstances of the crime or the person sentenced, or the effective enforcement of the sentence, as may be appropriate in designating the State of enforcement.

4. If no State is designated under paragraph 1, the sentence of imprisonment shall be served in a prison facility made available by the host State, in accordance with the conditions set out in the headquarters agreement referred to in article 3, paragraph 2. In such a case, the costs arising out of the enforcement of a sentence of imprisonment shall be borne by the Court.

Article 105 Enforcement of the sentence

1. Subject to conditions which a State may have specified in accordance with article 103, paragraph 1 (b), the sentence of imprisonment shall be binding on the States Parties, which shall in no case modify it.

2. The Court alone shall have the right to decide any application for appeal and revision. The State of enforcement shall not impede the making of any such application by a sentenced person.