Ministry of Justice and Law (Colombia)

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Ministry of Justice and Law
Ministerio de Justicia y del Derecho
Ministry overview
Formed 4 May 2011 (2011-05-04)[1]
Preceding Ministry
Headquarters Carrera 9 № 12C-10
Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
Employees 500
Annual budget 78.213,867 COP 2017
Ministry executive
Child agencies

The Ministry of Justice and Law (Spanish: Ministerio de Justicia y Derecho), is the national executive ministry of the Government of Colombia responsible for the administration of law and justice, equivalent to the justice ministries of other countries.

In 2011, President Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, as part of a wider justice reform and reshuffle of executive ministries, separated the Ministry of the Interior and Justice into two ministries as had been the case before their merger in 2002 as part of then-President Álvaro Uribe Vélez's ministerial reform.

The Ministry of Justice and Law is a central-level entity, head of the Justice and Law Sector, which leads the development of public policy with regards to justice and the protection of rights, within the framework of a Legal Social and Democratic State. The Justice and Law sector, which leads, is made up of the following related bodies: • The Unidad de Servicios Penitenciarios y Carcelarios (Prison and Penitentiary Services Unit) USPC. • The Instituto Nacional Penitenciario y Carcelario (National Prison and Penitentiary Unit) INPEC • The Agencia Nacional para la Defensa Jurídica del Estado (National Agency for Legal Defense of the State) ANDJE. • La Superintendencia de Notariado y Registro (Superintendency for Notaries and Registries) SNR. • La Dirección Nacional de Estupefacientes (National Narcotics Directorate) DNE (in liquidation).


Order Minister Period
1st Andrés González Díaz 1992–1994
2nd Néstor Humberto Martínez Neira 1994–1996
3rd Carlos Eduardo Medellín Becerra 1996–1997
5th Almabeatriz Rengifo López 1997–1998
5th Parmenio Cuéllar Bastidas 1998–1999
6th Rómulo González Trujillo 1999–2002
- Post abolished
See Ministers of the Interior and Justice
7th Juan Carlos Esguerra Portocarrero 2011–2012
8th Ruth Stella Correa Palacio 2012-2013
9th Alfonso Gómez Méndez 2013-2014
10th Yesid Reyes 2014-2016
11th Jorge Eduardo Londoño 2016-2017
12th Enrique Gil Botero 2017-present


  1. ^ Colombia, Congress of (4 May 2011). "Ley 1444 de 2011" (PDF). Diario Oficial (in Spanish). Bogotá (48,059): 2. ISSN 0122-2112. OCLC 500057889. Retrieved 6 May 2013.