Lat­in Amer­ica is ex­per­i­en­cing a fun­da­ment­al pro­cess of re­form in crim­in­al pro­ced­ure law. The tra­di­tion­al, writ­ten in­quis­it­ori­al pro­ced­ure is be­ing re­placed by an or­al ac­cus­at­ori­al pro­ced­ure in al­most all coun­tries (see Am­bos, Rechts­ber­a­tung in Latein­amerika als Aufgabe der Stra­frecht­swis­senschaft, ZStW 108, 445-456 [1996]; the same, ZStW 110 [1997], 225-251). But no ex­change of in­form­a­tion has taken place between the states in­volved. In or­der to find out the status quo of crim­in­al pro­ced­ure law in force and to de­term­ine the status of the re­forms in the coun­tries: Ar­gen­tina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colom­bia, Cuba, Chile, Costa Rica, El Sal­vador, Guatem­ala, Hon­dur­as, Mexiko, Paraguay, Peru, Ur­uguay and Venezuela, a joint re­search pro­ject was ar­ranged with the "Rechtsstaat Pro­gram" of the Kon­rad Ad­e­nauer Found­a­tion (CIEDLA, Buenos Aires, Ar­gen­tina).