The Registrar
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paragraph 98 in volume 1, chapter 7, The Registrar and the Registry

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Traditionally, the chief administrative officer of a court or tribunal is known as the registrar (greffier) and the administrative organ is the registry (greffe).1 An independent and autonomous registry is an essential requirement for an independent judiciary. In many judicial systems the registrar prepares the drafts of decisions. In some legal systems, the registrar is given quasi-judicial powers to settle at least some procedural matters that …

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Malcolm N. Shaw, “The Registrar”, in: Rosenne's Law and Practice of the International Court: 1920-2015. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20161001

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