Colombia - Central Authority (Art. 2) and practical information

Central Authority(ies):

Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores

Contact details:
Address: Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores
Dirección de Asuntos Migratorios, Consulares y Servicio al Ciudadano
Edificio Luis López de Mesa
Carrera 6, Número 9 - 46
Bogotá D.C.
COLOMBIA
Telephone: +57 (1) 381 4000
Fax: +57 (1) 381 4747
+57 (1) 561 1796
E-mail: javier.higuera@cancilleria.gov.co
Jaime.Buchely@cancilleria.gov.co
General website: www.cancilleria.gov.co
Contact person: Javier Dario Higuera Angel
Director
Oficina (Office Number): LP 301
Ext. 1425

Jaime Fernando Buchely Moreno
Coordinador Grupo Interno de Trabajo de Asuntos Consulares (Coordinator of Internal Working Group on Consular Affairs) Oficina (Office Number): LM 301
Ext. 1169 
Languages spoken by staff: Spanish 

Practical Information
Blocking statutes:  
Chapter I
(Letters of Requests)
Transmission of Letters of Requests:  
Authority responsible for informing of the time and place of the execution of Letter of Request (Art. 7):  
Presence of judicial personnel at the execution of the Letter of Request (Art. 8): No declaration.
Privileges and duties existing under the law of States other than the State of origin and the State of execution (Art. 11): No declaration.
Translation requirements (Arts 4(2) and 33):  No declaration.
Costs relating to execution of the Letters of Request (Arts 14(2)(3) and 26):  
Time for execution:  
Art 23 pre-trial discovery of documents: No declaration.
Information about domestic rules on the taking of evidence:   
Witness examination under Chapter I
Should Letters of Request include specific questions to be used during witness examination or only a list of matters to be addressed?  
Is it a public or private hearing?  
Do the judicial authorities "blue-pencil" Letters of Requests (i.e. rephrase, restructure and / or strike out objectionable questions or offensive wording so that a Letter of Request may be executed under the laws of the requested State)?  
Is the witness provided in advance with a copy of the questions / matters to be addressed as contained in the Letter of Request?  
Are documents produced by the witness authenticated by the court?  
Is an oath generally administered to the witness?  
Can the witness be made subject to further examination and recall?  
Are there sanctions for non-appearance of witness?  
Must interpreters who assist with the witness examination be court-certified?  
How is the testimony transcribed?  
Chapter II
(Taking of evidence by diplomatic officers, consular agents and commissioners)
Article 15 Applicable
Article 16 Applicable
Article 17 Applicable
Article 18 No declaration of applicability
Taking of evidence by video-links
(under either chapter)
 
Chapter I
Are there legal obstacles to the use of video links?  
Technology used:  
Level of interpretation required:  
Simultaneous or in sequence interpretation:  
Interpretation required in which jurisdiction?  
Who pays for the interpretation?  
How would a request for evidence be handled if witness not willing?  
Chapter II
Are there legal obstacles to the use of video links?  
Technology used:  
Level of interpretation required:  
Simultaneous or in sequence interpretation:  
Interpretation required in which jurisdiction?  
Who pays for the interpretation?  
Bilateral or multilateral agreements  
Useful links:  

(This page was last updated on 16 February 2016)

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