Michael R. Pahl


This Article explores the fundamental historical change in Colombia's criminal procedure. Part I of this Article will present a brief history of the inquisitorial system of criminal procedure, laying the foundation for an understanding the unique Columbian development of criminal procedure. A description of Colombia's inquisitorial system follows, focusing especially on structural barriers in the previous inquisitorial system that hampered effective law enforcement. Part II discusses the failure of the inquisitorial system. A description of the prosecutorial system adopted in November 1991 is then presented in Part III.