That is noted, and, of course, the accused continues not to be here, but as ruled before, we will proceed.
Now, after considering the submissions of the parties on the agenda items set for the status conference, the Trial Chamber has fixed specific dates for the final stages of the trial proceedings in this case.
In fixing the dates we have taken into account a number of factors. Firstly, we've taken into account the fact that the Defence has confirmed to the Court that its last witness will be witness DCT-102 whom they expect will start testimony on the 1st of November. After which testimony the Defence will then formally close its case or at the very latest, by 12 November 2010. The date being the date that the Trial Chamber ordered earlier for formal closure of the Defence case.
We've also taken into account that given the complexity of this case and the unprecedented volume of the evidence and transcripts - and here I'm given to believe from the registry that we have over 1,000 exhibits filed and for the time being we have up to 50,000 or thereabouts, 50,000 pages of transcript. Now, in view of that volume, the Trial Chamber expects nothing less than comprehensive and well reasoned arguments, in the final trial briefs and closing arguments, because these are the kinds of arguments that will assist us in our deliberations and judgment writing at the end.
Here I would like to note that from past experience, of both Trial Chambers of this Court, the final trial briefs of the parties have often not been comprehensive or well reasoned enough, with the result that judgment writing has been delayed or certainly not assisted by the submissions of the parties. Accordingly, the Trial Chamber has taken into account the fact that the parties require adequate time to be able to prepare well reasoned, well researched and comprehensive final trial briefs.
Now, thirdly, and related to this is the issue of the written responses to the final trial briefs. Here the Trial Chamber agrees with the Defence that written responses tend to be well thought out and more comprehensive than oral arguments delivered in court. And that they are ultimately more helpful to the Trial Chamber during its deliberations and judgment writing. And so we will agree that - we have agreed that if a party wishes to respond to the final trial briefs, it will have to be in the form of written responses.
Now, we've also taken into account, given that the year is coming to an end, that everyone needs to take a meaningful break. We've seen the staff, the parties around, looking fatigued, and, of course, here we are mindful that the judicial recesses that have been scheduled so far this year have not really been meaningful as the staff and parties have often worked right through those recesses and certainly the judges have not been able to take a break throughout the year. So the Trial Chamber intends to accord the staff and the parties and themselves a meaningful break towards the end of this year, provided, of course, that the recess will not prevent a party or the parties, if they so choose, to make filings during the recess. But that will be their choice.
Also in fixing the dates the Trial Chamber has taken into account the fact that after receiving the final trial briefs or written response, as the case may be, an opposing party would require sufficient time to study the pleadings, meaningfully before it can respond. And the parties appear to have overlooked this aspect in the morning when they were making their submissions. So we've tried to provide or factor in the aspect of the time required. And lastly, of course, we've noted the aspects upon which the parties agree, for example, the length of the final trial briefs et cetera.
And so the Trial Chamber makes the following orders:
1, that the Defence case will formally close soon after the end of the testimony of witness DCT-102 or at the very latest by 12th November 2010.
The Trial Chamber also schedules a three-week judicial recess commencing close of business Friday 17 December 2010 and which ends at the beginning or the opening of business on Monday 10 January 2011, in other words, we expect to see everybody back at work by Monday, 9 o'clock in the morning, Monday 10 January 2010 - 2011, I beg your pardon.
Final trial briefs will be filed by close of business Friday 14th January 2011. Of course, if a party is ready well before that and they feel that they need to file before, they're welcome to do that.
Now, the written responses, if a party wishes to make written responses, those will be filed by close of business Monday 31 January 2011.
The oral arguments are scheduled to commence on Tuesday 8 February and the Prosecution will take that day to make their closing arguments. The next day, Wednesday 9 February, the Defence will make their closing arguments. There will be a one-day hiatus on 10 February for the parties to consider any rebuttals that they may wish to make. Then on Friday 11 February, and we intend only to sit during the morning hours, so Friday we will commence at 9 o'clock with the Prosecution rebuttal, if any, and that will be two hours from nine until eleven, for the Prosecution rebuttal, and we will close with the Defence rebuttal from 11.30 to 1.30. So you see there's a 30-minute break in between the two rebuttals.
Now, the Trial Chamber will issue a formal scheduling order, perhaps I omitted to state that the length of the final trial briefs, as agreed by the parties, will be not more than 600 pages each. And the length of the written responses, if any, will not exceed 100 pages each.
With those orders I will now adjourn the proceedings to 1 November at 9 o'clock in the morning for the testimony of witness DCT-102.