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17 June 2004


General List No. 129


international Court of Justice


Certain Criminal Proceedings in France








BEFORE: President: Shi
Citation: Certain Criminal Proceedings in France (Congo v. Fr.), 2004 I.C.J. (Order of June 17)

 The International Court of Justice,

Composed as above,

After deliberation,

Having regard to Article 48 of the Statute of the Court, and to Articles 31, 44 and 45, paragraph 2, of the Rules of Court,

Having regard to the Application filed in the Registry of the Court on 9 December 2002, whereby the Republic of the Congo, referring to Article 38, paragraph 5, of the Rules of Court, sought to institute proceedings against the French Republic in respect of a dispute arising out of certain criminal proceedings in France,

Having regard to the letter dated 8 April 2003 from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of France whereby France expressly consented to the jurisdiction of the Court to entertain the Application,

Having regard to the Order of 17 June 2003 whereby the Court adjudicated upon the request for the indication of a provisional measure submitted by the Republic of the Congo on 9 December 2002,

Having regard to the Order of 11 July 2003 whereby the President of the Court fixed 11 December 2003 and 11 May 2004 as respective time-limits for the Memorial of the Republic of the Congo and the Counter-Memorial of the French Republic,

Having regard to the Memorial and the Counter-Memorial duly filed by the Parties within those time-limits;

Whereas, at a meeting on 11 June 2004 between the President of the Court and the Agents of the Parties, the Agent of the Congo requested that his Government be authorized by the Court to file a Reply by the end of 2004, and the Agent of France indicated that his Government had no objection to that request being granted, on the understanding that France would have the same amount of time for the filing of a Rejoinder;

Taking account of the agreement of the Parties and of the particular circumstances of the case,

Authorizes the filing of a Reply by the Congo and a Rejoinder by France;

Fixes the following time-limits for the filing of those pleadings:

10 December 2004 for the Reply of the Republic of the Congo;

10 June 2005 for the Rejoinder of the French Republic; and

Reserves the subsequent procedure for further decision.

Done in French and in English, the French text being authoritative, at the Peace Palace, The Hague, this seventeenth day of June, two thousand and four, in three copies, one of which will be placed in the archives of the Court and the others transmitted to the Government of the Republic of the Congo and the Government of the French Republic, respectively.

(Signed) Shi Jiuyon

(Signed) Philippe Couvreur,