The participation of victims in legal proceedings before the Extraordinary African Chambers (EAC) is mainly through civil proceedings. This participation targets victims of crimes within the jurisdiction of the EAC. They may stand as the civil party during the investigation phase. The civil party enables victims, individually or through lawyers that represent them, to participate in the proceedings.
“Victims can stand as groups and decide to be represented by a jointly chosen representative.” (article 14-2 of the EAC Statute)
“Any person claiming to be aggrieved by a felony or a misdemeanor may, by filing a complaint before the magistrate, stand as a civil party.” (article 76 of Senegalâ€™s criminal code)