Process Issues of Colombia’s New Accusatory System

64 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2012 Last revised: 15 May 2012

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Luz Estella Nagle

Stetson University - College of Law

Date Written: March 21, 2012


Colombia has been among the Latin American states to have an accusatory criminal justice system imposed upon its judiciary by the United States. But the exportation of the Anglo-American accusatory system to supplant the centuries-old inquisitorial system has not achieved the intended results, such that now a confusing and disorganized hybrid system is in place that creates far more problems than the transition was meant to resolve. This article presents a critical look at the reform agenda Colombia was forced into accepting and explains why the Colombian judiciary and criminal justice system remain inefficient and in significant disarray.

Keywords: judicial reform, Colombian legal system, accusatory justice, inquisitorial system, civil law system, Anglo-American system, hybrid legal system

JEL Classification: K14, K33, K39

Suggested Citation

Nagle, Luz Estella, Process Issues of Colombia’s New Accusatory System (March 21, 2012). Southwestern Journal of Law and Trade in the Americas, Vol. 14, 2008, Available at SSRN:

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