The manual includes new deadlines for the judges.
At the pre-trial level, decisions on requests of the Prosecutor for authorisation to proceed with an investigation under article 15 of the Statute, will be rendered within 120 days.
At the trial level, the decision on conviction or acquittal pursuant to article 74 will be rendered within 10 months from the date of the end of the closing statements.
A decision on sentencing pursuant to article 76 will be rendered within four months of the date of the decision on conviction.
At the appeals level, judgment on appeals against conviction, acquittal or reparations orders will be rendered within 10 months of the date of the filing of the response to the appeal brief, unless an oral hearing occurs, in which case it will be rendered within 10 months of the closing of the oral hearing. Judgment on appeals against a decision on sentencing, in the absence of an appeal on conviction, shall be rendered within four months of the filing of the response to the appeal brief or, if an oral hearing occurs, within four months of the holding of the hearing.
Extensions of these timeframes should be liited to exceptional circumstances, requiring explanation in a public decision.