5029162-3x2-940x627.jpgThe Special Panels of the Dili District Court operated from 2002 – 2006.

Founding Documents

  • UNTAET and the Indonesian Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding on 5/6 April 2000, for cooperation in legal, judicial, and human rights–related matters. It stated that parties would ensure that warrants of arrest would be enforced and that accused persons would be transferred. The MOU had little practical effect because the Indonesian authorities claimed that the agreement had to be ratified by the Indonesian government, and it was limited to the period of UN administration in East Timor.

  • UNTAET Regulation 2000/15 (approved in July 2000) stated that pursuant to Section 10.3 of UNTAET Regulation No. 2000/11, there shall be established panels of judges within the District Court in Dili with exclusive jurisdiction to deal with serious criminal offences.
  • On September 25, 2000, UNTAET Regulation 2000/30 defined the Transitional Rules of Criminal Procedure.


The Special Panels of the Dili District Court have jurisdiction over crimes outlined in UNTAET Regulation 2000/15 committed during January 1, 1999 – 29 October, 1999. UNTAET Regulation 2000/15 defines the panels’ subject matter jurisdiction over crimes of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, murder, sexual offences, and torture. Section 8 and 9 of UNTAET regulation states that laws on murder and sexual offences, as defined by the East Timor Penal Code, will also apply.

Status of Cases

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