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Secondary V • 11mo.

Hi!

In my contemporary world class, the teacher talked about the international criminal court. Is it like the Supreme Court?

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    Team Alloprof • 11mo.

    Thank you for reaching out ! :)

    The International Criminal Court is a permanent tribunal which deals only with the most serious cases such as genocide, crimes against humanity as well as war crimes. It is used when national authorities are unable or unwilling to do so: in some countries rulers or royalty are more important than laws, but not to the International Criminal Court. It does not therefore replace national courts, it is complementary to them. The Criminal Court has been based, since 2002, in The Hague in the Netherlands.

    The Supreme Court of Canada, for its part, is the highest court in Canada. We turn to it when we appeal a decision made by a provincial court.

    In short, these are two very different judicial bodies. The International Criminal Court is used for serious crimes committed anywhere in the world, while the Supreme Court of Canada is a Canadian body that judges all types of crimes.

    Let us know if we can help you with anything else! :)

    -Marilee