Service of documents


Australia - International Criminal Court Act No. 41 2002 (2018) EN

Part 4—Other requests by ICC

Division 7—Service of documents

72 Assistance in arranging service of documents
(1) This section applies if:
(a) the ICC requests assistance in arranging for the service of a document in Australia; and
(b) the Attorney-General is satisfied that:
(i) the request relates to an investigation being conducted by the Prosecutor or a proceeding before the ICC; and
(ii) the person is or may be in Australia.
(2) The Attorney-General is to execute the request by authorising, in writing, the service of the document.
(3) If the Attorney-General authorises the service of the document, an appropriate authority is to:
(a) cause the document to be served:
(i) in accordance with any procedure specified in the request; or
(ii) if that procedure would be unlawful or inappropriate in Australia, or no procedure is specified—in accordance with Australian law; and send to the Attorney-General a certificate stating that the document has been served; or
(b) if the document is not served—send to the Attorney-General a statement of the matters that prevented service.
(4) In this section:
document includes:
(a) a summons requiring a person to appear as a witness; and
(b) a summons to an accused person that has been issued under paragraph 7 of article 58 of the Statute.
(5) If:
(a) a document that is served on a person pursuant to an authority given under this section is a summons referred to in subsection (4); and
(b) the person fails to comply with the summons; the person commits an offence punishable, on conviction, by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 12 months.

Rome Statute

Article 93 Other forms of cooperation

1. States Parties shall, in accordance with the provisions of this Part and under procedures of national law, comply with requests by the Court to provide the following assistance in relation to investigations or prosecutions:

(d) The service of documents, including judicial documents;

(i) The provision of records and documents, including official records and documents;