Practice Relating to Rule 100. Fair Trial Guarantees
Section K. Public proceedings
Colombia’s Instructors’ Manual (1999) provides: “Anybody who is accused has the right to …a due public trial”.
Colombia’s Criminal Procedure Code (2004) states:
In the course of criminal proceedings, once a person has been charged with an offence, he or she has the right …:
k) to have a public … trial.
The Code also states:
The proceedings are public. In addition to the parties, access must be given to the media and the general community. Exceptions must be made in cases in which the judge considers that the public nature of the proceedings poses a danger to the victims, jurors, witnesses, experts, and other interveners if national security is affected, if minors who have to intervene would be exposed to psychological harm or if the success of the investigation is seriously compromised.