The Registry of the Special Court was headed by the Registrar, who oversaw the administrative functions of the Special Court. The Registry included the Office of the Principal Defender, Administration, Court Management (which included Court Records, the Language and Stenography Unit and the Library), the Witness and Victims Section, Security, Detention, Communications and Information Technology, Outreach and Public Affairs, General Services, Facilities Management, Procurement, Personnel, Finance, and various other administrative offices.
The Registry was one of the three organs of the Court (the other two being Chambers and the Office of the Prosecutor), and its functions were outlined in the SCSL Agreement, the SCSL Statute, and the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Pursuant to Rule 33(A) of the Rules,
"The Registrar shall assist the Chambers, the Plenary Meetings of the Special Court, the Judges and the Prosecutor, the Principal Defender and the Defence in the performance of their functions. Under the authority of the President, he shall be responsible for the administration and servicing of the Special Court and shall serve as its channel of communication."
The Registrar was responsible for negotiating and concluding agreements with States and other organisations, and for promulgating official documents of the Court.The Registrar also took the lead in issues concerned with the Legacy of the Special Court and consideration of the residual issues which led to the creation of the RSCSL. The Registrar took an active part in fundraising, to secure the necessary funds to operate the Special Court.
Finally, the Registry was the official channel of communication of the Court, and the Outreach and Public Affairs section worked to provide information about the Court and the trials to the international and national media and to the people of Sierra Leone.
Registrars of the Special Court