Office of the Co-Prosecutors
The Office of the Co-Prosecutors (OCP) is an independent office within the ECCC. It carries out its duties free from any interference, governmental or otherwise. Its role is to prosecute senior leaders of the Khmer Rouge and others most responsible for the crimes committed during the period of Democratic Kampuchea. It conducts preliminary investigations, prosecutes cases throughout the investigative, pre-trial, trial and appellate stages, processes victim complaints, and participates in judicial investigations. The OCP is co-headed by a Cambodian and an international Co-Prosecutor and is staffed by both national and international personnel and interns.
The Agreement between the United Nations and the Government of Cambodia (which established the ECCC) provides for a Cambodian prosecutor and an international prosecutor, serving as co-prosecutors. The national co-prosecutor is appointed by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, and the international co-prosecutor is appointed by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy of Cambodia upon nomination by the United Nations Secretary-General.