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The Registry is the permanent legal administrative organ of the Court. It is accountable to the Court alone. It is headed by a Chief Registrar, assisted by Court Registrars.

Since the Court is both a court of justice and an international organ, the Registry’s tasks are not only those of a service helping in the administration of justice - with sovereign States as litigants - but also those of a secretariat of an international commission. Its activities are both judicial and diplomatic, as well as administrative.

Officials take an oath of loyalty and discretion on entering upon their duties. In general they enjoy the same privileges and immunities as members of diplomatic missions. Their conditions of employment, salaries and pension rights correspond to those of international Courts.