Presidents of the Chambers of the Supreme Court of Justice 2023
The Supreme Court of Justice modified its organizational structure by selecting the magistrates who will preside over the different chambers and senior management. The new president of the body will be Santander magistrate Fernando Castillo Cadena, who has extensive experience in economic law.
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Castillo Cadena served as vice president and in 2018 he presided over the Labor Cassation Chamber, one of the issues in which he is an expert, especially regarding the pension system of which several sentences bear his signature. He has promoted the thesis that the pension system is unfeasible if the contributions of the workers are not higher than the allowances spent by the retirees.
The magistrate who will preside over the Supreme Court of Justice has a PhD in Law from the Complutense University of Madrid and has been a professor of Economic Law at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and a lawyer at the Santo Tomás de Bucaramanga University.
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As a teacher, he has participated in research on economic and labor law, which earned him the José Ignacio de Márquez Corporation award for the best article written together with Professor Carlos Andrés Uribe Piedrahita. As a litigation lawyer, he has worked in the public sector, as advisor to the Ministry of Finance and head of the Office of Pension Obligations of that portfolio.
Regarding the private sector, he has been a legal adviser to Banco de la República, BBVA Horizonte, Citicolfondos, and was a member of the Board of Directors of Financiera Juriscoop SA for commercial financing.
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The Court highlights that he has been a visiting professor, lecturer and speaker at the universities of Harvard (United States), Salamanca (Spain), José Simeón Cañas (El Salvador), UPB (Bolivia) and, in Colombia, at the universities of Los Andes. , Santo Tomás, North, Rosario and Cauca and others.
Judge Gerson Chaverra Castro, who is a specialist and magister in criminal law, was elected vice president of the Plenary Chamber of the Court. For more than 25 years he has worked as a judicial server, 122 of which he served in the department of Chocó, in towns such as Riosucio, Tadó, Quibdó, Bahía Solano and Istmina, as a municipal and criminal promiscuous judge.
“He also served from 2004 to 2007 as a criminal judge of the Bogotá circuit, from where he became a merit-based magistrate of the Single Chamber of the Superior Court of Quibdó and, later, of the Superior Court of Bogotá, of which he was president.” noted the Court.
Judge Martha Patricia Guzmán Álvarez was elected president of the Civil Cassation Chamber. She graduated as a lawyer from the Universidad del Rosario, she is a specialist in Family, Commercial, Procedural and Labor Law, as well as a master’s degree in Civil Law from the University of Zaragoza.
The Labor Cassation room will be chaired by Gerardo Botero Zuluaga, a lawyer specializing in administrative law who has a career in the Judicial Branch for more than 30 years. He began as a senior officer in the 4th civil court of the Manizales circuit, became a municipal judge and later an auxiliary magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice.
Judge Hugo Quintero Bernate will be the president of the Criminal Cassation Chamber, a branch in which he is a specialist and in which he worked for 14 years as a litigator. He has been an assistant prosecutor, an assistant and an auxiliary magistrate in his career, as well as a co-judge of the room that he will now lead and of the Disciplinary Jurisdictional Chamber of the Superior Council of the Judiciary.
The Special Trial Chamber will be headed by Judge Ariel Augusto Torres, a magister in criminal law who has been a municipal judge since 1990, has been an investigating judge and prosecutor before the Superior Court. He is the author of the book Analysis of the criminal legal treatment of victims and victims of crime in Colombia.
Finally, the Special Investigation Chamber will be chaired by Judge César Augusto Reyes, a doctor of law from the University of Buenos Aires. He was a litigator, university professor, public defender for 30 years, and has supported justice strengthening programs in Panama, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia.
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