Practice Relating to Rule 161. International Cooperation in Criminal Proceedings
Poland’s Law on Cooperation with the ICC (2004) states:
§ 1. A request for co-operation of the International Criminal Court, hereinafter referred to as “the Court”, depending on the stage of the proceedings, is executed by a competent court or prosecutor through the Minister of Justice.
§ 2. The provision of § 1 shall apply, respectively, to a request for judicial assistance addressed to the Court by a court or a prosecutor.
In 2008, on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the adoption of the 1998 ICC Statute, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland stated:
Poland is one of the strongest supporters of the International Criminal Court. We hope that its jurisdiction will be universally accepted … Violence and crime at international level are no longer phenomena with a limited impact, or the responsibility of others. We are all jointly responsible for supporting the rule of law throughout the world …
Poland is convinced that the International Criminal Court makes an important contribution in that regard.