New Panamanian Criminal Procedure Code

Panama is the latest Latin American country planning to introduce accusatorial reforms to its criminal procedure regime. A draft Criminal Prodecure Code (Código Procesal Penal) is currently being discussed in the National Assembly. If the draft becomes law, Panama will join over a dozen other Latin American countries that have moved from inquisitorial systems to accusatorial ones. The new Panamanian code includes oral proceedings at trial and the separation of prosecutors and judges.  A Spanish version of the draft Criminal Procedure Code is available at: