I. CONSTITUTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL MILITARY TRIBUNAL. Article 1. In pursuance of the Agreement signed on the 8th day of August by the. The lesser-known International Military Tribunal for the Far East (IMTFE) was . The Charter provided for MacArthur to appoint judges to the IMTFE from the. In our opinion the laws of the Charter is decisive and binding on the Tribunal. This is a special tribunal set up by the Supreme Commander under authority.

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For all these reasons, the proceedings began inauspiciously for both sides but were particularly detrimental to the accused who were dependent upon a defense panel that was seriously weak in the provisions made for qualified legal advisers, translators, clerical staff, and financial resources. The Secretariat of the Tribunal shall be composed of a General Secretary to be appointed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers and such assistant secretaries, clerks, interpreters, and other personnel as may be necessary.

Johnson, Galen Irvin The following acts, or any of them, are crimes coming within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal for which there shall be individual responsibility:. The conspiracy thus began in and continued through to the end of the Asia and Pacific War in Like the Nuremberg Trialsthe criminal procedure used by the Tokyo Trials was closer to civil law than to common lawwith a trial before a panel of judges rather than a jury trial and with wide allowance for hearsay evidence.

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Web editors at Faculty of Law. Namely, violations cnarter the laws or customs of war; c. The Allied powers also refused to permit the defense counsel any access to its own official documents other than published records.

Foreign governments immtfe long since ceased to reveal any interest in continuing to pursue Japanese war criminals through national courts, and without regard to the dwindling number of people still interested in the apprehension and prosecution of such perpetrators through international institutions, the new permanent International Criminal Court has been denied any jurisdiction at all over crimes committed prior to its own creation.


These interviews were conducted without the protection of any legal counsel. The Tribunal may draft and amend rules of procedure consistent with the fundamental provisions of this Charter. The judgments of the international tribunals at Nuremberg and Tokyo, arguably the least satisfactory parts of all of the postwar proceedings, are read more frequently but seldom examined by scholars within the historical context of their trial processes.

These arguments created consternation in court. It shall adopt and apply to the greatest possible extent expeditious and nontechnical procedure, and shall admit any evidence which it deems to be of probative value. The Tribunal shall have the power to accept, with or without amendments, or to reject, the rules so recommended.

The prosecution and each accused by counsel only, if represented may examine each witness and each accused who gives testimony. Views Read Edit View history.

Plans to prosecute German political and military leaders were announced itmfe the St.

Article 11 Powers The Tribunal shall have the power a. The supreme commander would also appoint a general secretary of the tribunal and provide for clerical services and other duties required by the tribunal.

The charter set out the jurisdiction chwrter the tribunal and established the individual responsibility of the accused for acts of state and for acts taken in compliance with superior orders.

To appoint officers for the carrying out of any task designated by the Tribunal, including the power to have evidence taken on commission. In addition to any punishment imposed by it, the Tribunal shall have the right to deprive the convicted person of any stolen property and order its delivery to the Control Council for Germany.

Article 2 Members The Tribunal shall consist of not less than six members nor more than eleven members, appointed by the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers from the names submitted by the Signatories to the Instrument of Surrender, India, and the Commonwealth of the Philippines. In Tokyo as at Nuremberg, the manpower and financial resources committed by the Americans made a huge impact on the collection and processing of documentary evidence collected from German imyfe Japanese archives, offices, and private individuals.


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However, it is worth noting that most of these potential accused gave evidence during the Tokyo Major War Crimes Trial and, even when they did not, the nature of their involvement in events described in that trial is evident in the transcripts and other documentation of its proceedings.

Article 15 Course of Trial proceedings The proceedings the Trial will take the following course: In a number of cases these potential witnesses had been diplomats, senior civil servants, or government ministers before or during the war.

The Nuremberg and Tokyo Charters were applicable only to major criminals, leaving other criminals to be tried by the Allies. The supreme commander would designate the chief of counsel. Japanese Emperor Hirohito and other members of the imperial family were not indicted. Article 17 Judgment and review The judgment will be announced in open court and will give the reasons on which it is based.

In case the votes are evenly divided, the vote of the President shall be decisive.

Tokyo Charter

The defense made much of the limited nature of the Japanese surrender in framing successive challenges to the powers of the supreme commander, to his promulgation of the tribunal, to the charter, to the nomination of its members and of its president, and to the jurisdiction of the tribunal. The court consisted of eleven members, each representing one of the eleven nations involved in the prosecution. For several decades, these tribunals stood as the only examples of international war crimes tribunals, but they ultimately served as models for a new series of international criminal tribunals that were established beginning in the s.