President Enrique Peña Nieto led the ceremony to implement the New Criminal Justice System.
He stressed the sum of efforts and wills, as well as the joint work of various states:
“I congratulate the legislators on this historic effort.”
Locally, the governors and the Mayor of Mexico City firmly advocated the process.
This has been borne out by the training of over 400,000 operators of the System and more than 240,000 public safety officers.
Likewise, prosecutors’ offices have embarked on an ambitious process of modernization and internal restructuring to keep pace with this transformation.
“I hail the work of federal lawmakers during the special session to approve the complementary systems of the Adversarial Criminal Justice System.”
This new model confirms the commitment of the Armed Forces to due process and respect for human rights.
It also highlights the work of members of the judiciary, at both the federal and local levels, in renovating and upgrading its infrastructure, and in selecting and training the magistrates, judges, secretaries and actuaries who will deliver justice.
During the implementation stage, Mexico had the support of several countries who shared their experiences, such as Canada and the United States.
“This national effort has shown that the structural changes required by Mexico can only be realized with an authentic state vision that goes beyond political differences, electoral calendars and periods of government.”
From the outset, the government was clear that the deadline for implementation was a fundamental and emblematic goal but only the first one.
The justice system is a living system, constantly changing and evolving. The consolidation phase that begins today also requires the commitment and work of the Mexican State as a whole.
“In particular, I respectfully urge the legislative and judicial branches, local governments, academia and Civil Society Organizations, to maintain the cause of Criminal Justice as a national priority.”
In order for the new model to work properly, it is essential to have effective monitoring and evaluation mechanisms.
To this end, the National Agreement for the Evaluation, Monitoring and Consolidation of the Criminal Justice System was signed by the legislative, executive and judicial branches, without prejudice to the exclusive powers of each.
In this context, the government confirms its unwavering commitment to the independence of the judiciary.
“All the representatives of the Mexican State are jointly responsible for the success of the New Criminal Justice System".
Only through a continuous process of learning and improvement will it be possible to correct the flaws and overcome the challenges that will surely have to be faced.
“In the government, we are determined to make the necessary adjustments, and change whatever is required so that our security and law enforcement institutions are in line with this transformation.”