The Court Management Section is part of the Registry, and provides administrative and logistical support for the proceedings before both the Trial and Appeals Chambers of the Special Court. The section, is comprised of some 34 staff members, more than half of whom are Nationals. The Section is divided into 5 units: the Court Records and Archives Unit, Library, the Court Support Unit, the Language Unit and the Court Reporters Unit.
The Court Records and Archives Unit acts as custodian for all case transcripts, audio visual recordings and correspondence files in relation to the proceedings before the Special Court. The Records Assistants and Records Clerks must observe the legal procedures in the management and organisation of the court files in accordance with the established directives and instructions as set out in the Practice Direction on filing documents before the Special Court.
The Court Support Unit, as the name suggests, provides practical and organisational support to both the Trial and Appeal Chambers before, during, and after court hearings. In the courtroom, court support officers prepare a minute of the proceedings, recording significant issues raised, the appearance of witnesses and decisions, and orders or directives rendered by the bench. They also maintain a log of all exhibits tendered and received in court. In addition, the Unit serves all documents (electronic and hard copy) on all parties both in The Hague and in Freetown.
The Language Unit's remit is to ensure the accurate translation and interpretation of court proceedings for the benefit of the Judges, lawyers, witnesses, detainees and public.
Highly qualified Court Reporters (Stenographers) are employed by the Court and are responsible for completing an electronic record of everything said in the courtroom. From their initial recording they prepare transcripts for the court practitioners which form the basis of the official archive of the Court.
The Library Unit is equipped with contemporary texts on various aspects of the law. It serves as a major source of research for lawyers within the Court as well as for some members of the local judiciary.
There is a Court Management sub-office in The Hague with the same units as above, though on a smaller scale, providing same support services on the Charles Taylor case. On the whole, the Court Management Section performs a pivotal role in courtroom coordination and management with very dedicated and professional staff.