The court quickly became highly active: In the first 10 years of its operation it heard claims related to 99 percent of the articles of the constitution and it now hears approximately 13,000 cases in a year.What are the reasons for the Sala IV's creation and its transformation from an inactive, dormant, deferential body to one of the most active courts in the hemisphere? And what is the impact of the Court's heightened judicial activity?  Has the court become a powerful ally of marginalized groups and individuals seeking legal protection? 


Bruce M. Wilson is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida, USA. He is currently a guest researcher at CMI.