Constitution of Guatemala

Constitution of Guatemala
Created 31 May 1985
Date effective 14 January 1986
Location Hall of Sessions of the Constituent National Assembly
Author(s) Deputies of the National Constituent Assembly
Signatories 88 Deputies
Purpose To replace the Guatemalan constitution of 1965
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The Constitution of Guatemala is the supreme law of the Republic of Guatemala. It sets the bases for the organization of Guatemalan government and it outlines the three main branches of Guatemalan government: executive branch, legislative branch, and judicial branch.


For the current Constitution of the Republic it is necessary to know its history, which is as follows:

Parts of the Constitution

The Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala 1985, legally divided into three parts, which are:... More

The Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala 1985, legally divided into three parts, which are:

Dogmatic Part

This part starts from Article 1 to Article 139, in which fundamental rights and freedoms are. It is considered the most important part of the charter.

Organic Part

This part starts from Article 140 to Article 262, in which the Organization of the State and the State Agency is established, which are: Legislative body (Article 157 to Article 181); Executive Agency (Article 182 to Article 202); Y Judiciary (Article 203 to Article 222). As well as autonomous and decentralized entities.

Procedural, pragmatic or practical part

In this guarantees and mechanisms established to enforce the rights enshrined in the Constitution, in order to defend the constitutional order. The we find contained in Titles VI and VII and includes Articles 263 to 281.


The preamble to the current Constitution of the Republic is:


We, the representatives of the people of Guatemala, elected freely and democratically, meeting in National Constituent Assembly in order to organize legally and politically the State; affirming the primacy of the human person as the subject and purpose of social order; recognizing the family as the primary and fundamental genesis of the spiritual and moral values of society and the State, responsible for promoting the common good, the consolidation of the regime of legality, security, justice, equality, freedom and peace; inspired by the ideals of our ancestors and picking up our traditions and cultural heritage; determined to promote the full enjoyment of human rights within a stable, permanent and popular institutional order, where rulers and ruled proceed with absolute adherence to the law.




Structure of the constitution

  • Title I: The human person, purpose and duties of the State (arts . 1-2)
    • Chapter One (arts . 1-2) .

Title II: Human Rights (arts 3-139 . )

    • Chapter I: Individual Rights (Articles 3-46 . ) .
    • Chapter II : Social Rights (arts 47-134 .).
      • Section One : Family.
      • Section Two: Culture
      • Section Three: Indigenous Communities.
      • Section Four: Education.
      • Section Five: Universities .
      • Section Six: Sport .
      • Section Seven : Health, Safety and Welfare .
      • Section Eight : Work .
      • Section Nine : State Workers .
      • Section Ten : Economic and Social Regime.
    • Chapter III : Duties and Civil and Political Rights (arts 135-137 . ) .
    • Chapter IV : Limitation of Constitutional Rights (art 138-139 . ) .
  • Title III: The State (arts 140-151 . )
    • Chapter I: The State and its form of government ( arts.140-143 ) .
    • Chapter II : Nationality and Citizenship (arts 144-148 . ) .
    • Chapter III : International Relations of the State (arts 149-151 . ) .
  • Title IV: Public Power (arts 152-222.)
    • Chapter I: exercise of public authority (arts 152-156.)
  • Title IV: Public Power (arts 152-222.)
    • Chapter I: exercise of public authority (arts 152-156.).
    • Chapter II: Legislative Branch (sections 157-181.).
      • Section One: Congress.
      • Section Two: Powers of Congress.
      • Section Three: Training and Punishment Act.
    • Chapter III: Executive Agency (Articles 182-202.).
      • Section One: President of the Republic.
      • Section Two: Vice President.
      • Section Three: Ministers of State.
    • Chapter IV: judiciary (arts 203-222.).
      • Section One: General Provisions.
      • Section Two: Supreme Court.
      • Section Three: Court of Appeal and other courts.
  • Title V: Structure and Organization of the State (arts 223-262.)
    • Chapter I: Political Election System (Article 223.).
    • Chapter II: Administrative Regime (arts 224-231.).
    • Chapter III: Board of Control and Supervision (Articles 232-236.).
    • Chapter IV: Financial Regime (arts 237-243.).
    • Chapter V: Army (sections 244-250.).
    • Chapter VI: Public Ministry and Attorney General's Office (articles 251-252.).
    • Chapter VII: Municipal Regime (arts 253-262.).
  • Title VI: Constitutional Guarantees and Defense of the Constitutional Order (arts 263-276 . )
    • Chapter I: Personal Exhibition (Arts 263-264 . ) .
    • Chapter II : Amparo (Article 265 . ) .
    • Chapter III : unconstitutionality of laws (Articles 266-267 . ) .
    • Chapter IV : Court Constitucionaldidad (arts 268-272 . ) .
    • Chapter V : Commission and Ombudsman for Human Rights (Arts 273-275 . ) .
    • Chapter VI : Law on Amparo, Habeas Corpus and Constitutionality (art . 276 ).
  • Title VII: Amendments to the Constitution (articles 277-281 . )
    • Chapter One (arts . 277-281 ) .
  • Title VIII: Transitional and Final Provisions (Articles 1 to 27 . )
    • Chapter One : Transitional and Final Provisions (Articles 1 to 27 . ) .



Signatures of the Constituent Deputies


The Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala is mixed class, as may be amended part by the Congress of the Republic of Guatemala and elsewhere by the National Constituent Assembly. The Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala to be reformed is based from Article 277 to Article 281 of the same supreme law.

Reforms to the constitution

Initiatives to propose reforms to the Constitution:

a) The President of the Republic in Council of Ministers; b ) Ten or more deputies to the Congress of the Republic ; c ) The Constitutional Court ; Y d ) the people by petition to Congress, not less than five thousand citizens duly registered by the Register of Citizens . In any of the above cases, Congress must address the matter raised without any delay.

Constitutional Principles

Principle of the supremacy of the Constitution

  • Article 44 last paragraph
  • Article 175
  • Article 204

principle of hierarchy

  • Article 9 of the Judiciary Act
    • 1. National Constituent Assembly
      • The Constitution of the Republic of Guatemala
      • The Law on Amparo, Habeas Corpus and Constitutionality
      • The Public Order Act
      • Electoral and Political Parties Law
      • Law of Thought
    • 2. Legislative Branch
      • Decrees of the Congress of the **Republic of Guatemala
    • Civil Code
    • Penal code
    • Civil and Commercial Code
    • Criminal Procedure Code
    • Work code
    • Commercial Code of Guatemala
    • Municipal code
    • 3. Common and Statutory Law
      • Governmental Agreements created by the President of the Republic of Guatemala, autonomous institutions and decentralized
    • 4. Individualized
      • Are the resolutions, contracts or judgments that affect a person or group of determined persons.

Law initiative

Article 174 of the Constitution says that for the formation of the legislation lies with the following institutions :

  • The Congress of Guatemala .
  • The Executive Agency.
  • The Supreme Court of Justice.
  • The University of San Carlos of Guatemala.
  • The Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

Autonomous bodies regulated in the Constitution

  • Central National School of Agriculture (Article 79 )
  • University of San Carlos of Guatemala (Article 82)
  • Autonomous Sports Confederation of Guatemala and the Guatemalan *Olympic Committee ( Article 92)
  • Guatemalan Institute of Social Security ( Article 100)
  • Monetary Board (Arts. 132-133 )
  • Municipalities ( Article 253 )

Human Rights classes

  • 1. Rights of the First Generation
    • Individual ( Civil ) : Arts. 3-46 .
    • Civic and Political Arts. 135-139 .
  • 2. Second Generation Rights
    • Social and Cultural Arts. 47-134 .
  • 3. Rights of the Third Generation
    • Environmental Rights
    • Information Rights : Art . 44 .
    • International Treaties

See also

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