Office of the Attorney General of Colombia


Office of the Attorney General of Colombia
Office of the Attorney General
Fiscalía General de la Nación
Agency overview
Formed July 6, 1991 (1991-07-06)
Headquarters Diagonal 22B 52-01
(Ciudad Salitre),
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Annual budget COP$1,437,526,644,588
(est. 2010)[1]
Agency executives Viviane Morales Hoyos, Attorney General
Juan Carlos Forero Ramírez, Deputy Attorney General
Child agency National Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences
Website
fiscalia.gov.co

The Office of the Attorney General of Colombia (Spanish: Fiscalía General de la Nación) is the Colombian institution part of the Colombian judicial branch of Government with administrative autonomy designed to prosecute offenders, investigate crimes, review judicial processes and accuse penal law infractions against judges and courts of justice[2]. The Office of the Attorney General was created by the Colombian Constitution of 1991 and began operating on July 1, 1992. The current Attorney General is Viviane Morales Hoyos.

An investigative process is initiated either by the institutions' own initiative or after a denouncer has made authorities aware of the case in a police station or in a Quick Reaction Unit of the Attorney General's Office.

Contents

The Attorney General

Functions

Requirements for office

Election process

The Attorney General is elected by Colombian Supreme Court out of a ternary presented by the President for a period of four years. To cast the final vote, the Supreme Court of Justice must meet a quorum of 16 out of the possible 23 votes, i.e. two thirds of the votes.

List of Attorneys General

Order Name Years in Office
1st Gustavo de Greiff Restrepo April 1, 1992 – August 17, 1994
2nd Alfonso Valdivieso Sarmiento August 18, 1994 – May 8, 1997
3rd Alfonso Gómez Méndez July 3, 1997 – July 3, 2001
4th Luis Camilo Osorio Isaza August 1, 2001 – July 31, 2005
5th Mario Germán Iguarán Arana August 1, 2005 – July 31, 2009
6th Guillermo Mendoza Diago (interim) August 1, 2009 – Janury 12, 2011
7th Viviane Morales Hoyos January 12, 2011 – present

Deputy Attorney General

The Deputy Attorney General (Vicefiscal General) is the second-in-command to the Attorney General and is appointed by the Attorney General to represent him before the different entities of the State and society, and replaces him in his absence. The Deputy Attorney General assists in formulating policies regarding the entity and ensures their compliance. He coordinates international technical assistance programs and presents update reports to the Attorney General.[3] The current Deputy Attorney General is Juan Carlos Forero Ramírez, who was appointed by Viviane Morales Hoyos in January 2011.

In 2009, after the enf of Attorney General Iguarán's term, the Deputy Attorney General, Guillermo Mendoza Diago, took over interimly as Attorney General until January 2011 because the Supreme Court struggled to select Iguarán's successor.

Controversies

Former Attorney General Luis Camilo Osorio, whose four year term ran from 2001 to 2005, was criticized by Human Rights Watch. They accused him of undermining investigations into human rights violations by retiring or forcing the resignation of several investigators[4].

References

Coordinates: 4°38′20″N 74°5′58″W / 4.63889°N 74.09944°W / 4.63889; -74.09944


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia — Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic Contraloría General de la República Agency overview Formed July 19, 1923 ( …   Wikipedia

  • Office of the Auditor General of Colombia — Office of the Auditor General of the Republic Auditoría General de la República Agency overview Formed June 29, 1999 …   Wikipedia

  • Office of the Inspector General of Colombia — Not to be confused with Attorney General of Colombia. Office of the Inspector General Procuraduría General Logo of the Inspector General …   Wikipedia

  • Attorney General of Colombia — The Office of the Attorney General of Colombia (Spanish for Fiscalía General de la Nación ) is a Colombian institution part of the Colombian judicial branch of Government with administrative autonomy designed to prosecute offenders, investigate… …   Wikipedia

  • General Santander National Police Academy — (or Escuela General Santander de la Policia Nacional in Spanish) is the main educational center for the Colombian National Police. the academy functions as a university for the formation of its force. HistoryThe institution was created by the… …   Wikipedia

  • The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy — Established 1933 Type Private Dean Stephen W. Bosworth …   Wikipedia

  • Colombia — This article is about the country. For other uses and spellings, see Colombia (disambiguation) and Colombia (disambiguation). Republic of Colombia República de Colombia (Spanish) …   Wikipedia

  • Colombia–United States relations — United States – Colombia relations Colombia …   Wikipedia

  • Office of National Drug Control Policy — Seal of the ONDCP The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a former cabinet level[1] component of the Executive Office of the President of the United States, was established in 1989 by the Anti Drug Abuse Act of 1988. Its… …   Wikipedia

  • The Dark Knight — Título El caballero oscuro (España) Batman 2: el caballero de la noche (Venezuela) Batman: el caballero de la noche (Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Panamá, Ecuador, México, Perú, Uruguay) …   Wikipedia Español


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.