If the accused is granted a limited extra period to prepare his defence, he will have no excuse to boycott the proceedings.
Here is a timeline of key events in the Bosnian war involving former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, now standing trial for war crimes at the Hague:
Dzenana Sokolovic who lost her son, aged seven, to a sniper in 1994 will be among the first witnesses to appear at the genocide trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader.
The selflessness of a poor mother who took in an abandoned child 17 years ago, at the height of the Bosnian war, is recognized in Padua’s Garden of the Righteous.
Lack of extradition agreements between the countries that took part in the conflict is one reason why perpetrators of grave crimes remain at liberty.
Delays in building long awaited high-security state prison mean war-crime convicts have to serve sentences in low-grade entity-run facilities.
The sooner the former Bosnian Serb leader I know so well is sentenced, the sooner the war he began will finally be over.
Legal systems of Norway, Sweden and Denmark face challenge over residents from former Yugoslavia suspected of having committed crimes back “home” in the 1990s.
Serbia’s move to investigate the May 1992 killings of JNA soldiers in Sarajevo raises as many questions as it answers.
In 2008 the War Crimes Chamber of the State Court worked intensively on processing war crime indictees, resulting in a number of arrests and indictments and jail sentences totalling more than 600 years.
Serbia can only achieve full cooperation with the UN war crimes tribunal once wartime Bosnian Serb commander Ratko Mladic is at The Hague court, the Dutch Foreign Minister tells Balkan Insight.
Seven years after the 2001 conflict, the first cases involving alleged Albanian war criminals are coming before local courts, but the fact that several defendants are now senior politicians complicates matters.