Relatives of the victims, individuals interested in the case and members of the media have the following options for observing the proceedings at Justice Complex Schiphol (JCS), either in the courtroom or the viewing room.
Relatives of the victims
There is a separate procedure for relatives of the victims who wish to attend the proceedings. There is not enough space in the courtroom for all the relatives of the victims. Consideration is being given to the best way to allocate the space available to the relatives of the victims. You will be informed about the registration procedure through the usual communication channels once a decision has been made.
If you would like to exercise your right to address the court at the time designated for this purpose, space will be made available for you in the courtroom. The presiding judge will determine the practical details of how this right can be exercised. You will be informed about this through the usual communication channels.
The law says that the following relatives of the victims have the right to address the court:
- The spouse or partner of the deceased.
- Blood relatives from the same direct line of descent as the deceased (the direct line of descent means people who are descended from one another, for example parents and children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren).
- Blood relatives of the deceased from a collateral line, up to and including the fourth degree (this means people who are not descended from one another but who do have a common ancestor, so for example siblings and cousins; the degree is determined by counting the number of births that lie between the relatives in the family tree: for example the birth of the deceased, birth of a parent, birth of an uncle or aunt, birth of a cousin).
- People who were depending on the deceased. These are people whose position is similar to that of members of the immediate family, but specifically refers to those who were financially supported by the deceased. For instance, this could include a child who the deceased had not officially acknowledged as their own or someone living in the same household who was not a blood relative of the deceased.
Viewing room for people interested in the case
If you are interested in the case, it will be possible to watch the trial on a big screen set up in a designated viewing room in Justice Complex Schiphol. The proceedings will be broadcast live from the courtroom. The aim is to relay the full proceedings so that viewers see everything that happens in the courtroom. Demand for places is likely to exceed availability, so register on time. More details about the registration process will be published on this page and via our social media accounts in due course.
There will be a limited number of places in the courtroom for members of the media. It will be impossible to accommodate all interested journalists. The Hague district court will therefore be showing live coverage of the proceedings in the media centre. The aim is to create an experience that is similar to actually being present in the courtroom. The media centre can accommodate 350 people. Access to the courtroom and media centre for members of the media will be by accreditation only. More details will be published on this page and via our social media accounts in due course.