Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, Madam President. May it please the Court, the Prosecution filed a motion two days ago, 2 July, in respect of the prior testimony of witness TF1-141. The CMS number for the motion is 550. The motion itself is not necessarily long in length. I think it is about nine pages long, but it comes with annexures which number approximately, in our count, 580 something pages.
As your Honours are well aware, the provisions of Rule 92 bis (C) requires us to register, or submit any objections to the notice rather, within five days of service and so we have, by that computation, somewhere about Tuesday next week if we were to accept that service was perfected yesterday, 3 July, when we received a CD-ROM containing the motion from the CMS. Your Honours, we are making this application by virtue of how short of a time frame we have to respond to the motion. We would ideally need at least two weeks from the date of service to complete our response and to do an adequate job on behalf of our client.
I did send an e-mail late last evening to counsel opposite, advising them that we would be making this application this morning. In my e-mail to counsel opposite I specified the date of 16 July as being the date when we would respectfully seek to submit our response.
I have just spoken with our Case Manager before coming into court and that is when I discovered that the service on us was perfected by way of a CD-ROM and not by virtue of a hard copy of the motion itself. I am reluctant to start a course of practice whereby we accept service as being perfected when it is served on us electronically and I believe your Honours have spoken on this issue previously in respect of The Hague sub-office indicating that service is only perfected when hard copies are received by the parties.
So, in sum and substance, we come before you and respectfully request two weeks from the date service of the hard copies are made on us for the filing of our response to the Prosecution's notice under Rule 92 bis in respect of TF1-141. Thank you, Madam President.