- .Although this is not the mission with which they have been entrusted, they have assumed these tasks with a sense of duty; and are determined to continue doing so, while we achieve the objective of professionalizing and modernizing the civil institutions tasked with ensuring public security, he said.
- Thanks to our Armed Forces, we now have cities and regions in the country that have returned to peace and tranquility, he said.
- In terms of enforcement and the administration of justice, we still some unfinished business: we have not achieved the goal set not only for now, but for several decades, of having a country with conditions of greater peace and tranquility, he said.
President Enrique Peña Nieto thanked the country’s armed forces for the support they have given in public safety actions while seeking to “update and modernize the performance, preparation, professionalism and strengthening of the civil institutions responsible for public security”.
“Although this is not the mission with which they have been tasked, with loyalty to the country, with a sense of duty and respect for the country’s institutions, they have been incorporated, supported and are determined to continue to do so as we achieve the objective of this unfinished business,” he said.
As he led the closing ceremony of the National Meeting of the Procurement and Administration of Justice 2016, the President stressed that, “Our soldiers and marines are on a mission to preserve internal security, take care of our sovereignty, and not necessarily to take over tasks, which, strictly speaking, correspond to the investigative police and prosecutors in the country”.
Our Armed Forces, he added, “Have taken on a task that is not strictly their responsibility, but the work they have undertaken with loyalty to the nation is what has allowed us today to have the modernization in which we have been working. We now have cities and regions of our country that have been restored to peace and tranquility”.
JUSTICE IS AN EVERYDAY DUTY
The president called on all the orders of government and the powers of the Mexican state to pledge that by working together, it will be possible to update, modernize, professionalize and strengthen, “the enforcement institutions and the preventive police in our country”.
Noting that, “Few things exhaust institutions and create as much outrage in society as the feeling of impunity," President Peña Nieto said that, “Justice is an everyday and an obligation that involves the three Powers and orders of government. When justice fails, needless to say, we all fail”.
"Undoubtedly, security and justice for Mexicans is, today, the most important challenge of our times, which requires greater attention, coordination, capacity and professionalism of the Mexican State institutions at all levels" he added.
He said that, “Realizing the great challenge of the administration and enforcement of justice, since the beginning of this Administration, we have acted with firmness and determination; we are fighting crime with a comprehensive view, attacking its root causes”.
"We have strengthened the coordination of efforts between various orders of government and we have encouraged and promoted the professionalization of institutions, particularly enforcement and prevention,” at the federal level, he said.
The president said it is necessary to recognize that, “Today we have new laws, better laws, that are driving a new model of justice, but now the point is to make them valid and have them not become a dead letter, and instead a reality that is implemented in our society on a daily basis.
“Although this new model was achieved within the constitutional deadline, the measure of its success will be its effective operation. The ball is now in the court of Mexico’s prosecutors and judges,” he said.
“It is now up to them to work on substantial issues, ensure that experts and mediators, police investigation and prosecutors, have the necessary tools and knowledge to fulfill their duty,” he added.
President Peña Nieto urged the judicial power, “To redouble its efforts so that judges and magistrates, secretaries and officers continue to receive the education and training they need to apply the new guidelines for this issue”.
"We are quite clear that in matters of procurement and management, there is still unfinished business. We have not yet achieved the goal we set, not just now, but several decades ago, of having a country with conditions of greater peace and tranquility,” he explained.
The president said that non-criminal justice accounts for 90 percent of the issues in dispute, “and also demands that we modernize state institutions' framework of action”.
He recalled that, “This whole package is under discussion in Congress to strengthen these mechanisms of our daily justice, demanding every day in thousands of cases, by individuals or families experiencing a conflict”.
EFFECTIVE LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND ITS ADMINISTRATION ARE A STATE RESPONSE TO CITIZENS IN HUMAN DIGNITY: CERVANTES ANDRADE
Attorney General Raul Cervantes Andrade said that "Adversarial Criminal Justice System was a real turning point in the vision of the rule of law that had prevailed in our dynamics and law for years”.
He said that, “This paradigm shift is a reality, as is the need to undertake joint efforts to achieve understanding, a sine qua non which conditions its effectiveness. Mexico needs us, we must devote our greatest efforts to socializing and incorporating the principles that construct the adversarial system into citizens’ dynamics”.
He said that, “Effective law enforcement and administration are a state response to the citizen within human dignity. The main occupation of the National Conference of the Administration of Justice, and in the same vein of the National Commission of Superior Courts of Justice, is to guarantee all Mexicans effective access to the jurisdiction of the State to protect their rights, property and interests throughout the country”.
"Since the Constitution has given us a new adversarial system in the administration of justice, it will have to talk to these constitutional principles, fulfil them and create the appropriate instruments for this purpose. That is what all the prosecutors’ offices, and the Attorney General will deal with at this conference,” he said.
PENAL REFORM HAS BEEN FULLY IMPLEMENTED WITH SUCCESSFUL RESULTS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY: MAGISTRATE ELIAS AZAR
Judge Edgar Elías Azar, President of the Higher Court of Mexico City, the Judicial Council and the National Commission of Higher Courts of Justice, said that, “This time, when democracy seems to begin to suffer from undeniable fractures and frailties requires institutional responses and responses from skilled and committed individuals such as President Peña Nieto to avoid succumbing to despair”.
He said that his commitment to justice is tangible, since he is the second president, “Who has visited the Court in its history, since that visit in 1964 where Adolfo Lopez Mateos, also from the State of Mexico, inaugurated the landmark building of Niños Heroes”.
Elias Azar said that, “Penal Reform has been fully implemented with successful results throughout the country. Many higher courts, inspired by the implementation of criminal law, are beginning to implement oral trials in other fields: civil, commercial, family and juvenile justice,” in other words, everyday justice.
Calling for independence, autonomy and the full recognition of the role of courts throughout the country, the magistrate assured President Peña Nieto: "We know and are convinced of the policy you have promoted; that by paying attention to these recurrent problems in social life we will eventually solve major national problems”.
“Your efforts are recognized and admired, and while we have to uphold the law, legality and legitimate acts, judges across the country will be the champions of the democracy we all need; the democracy you created with so much effort in our country, on the basis of your confidence in the judiciary which we so greatly appreciate,” he concluded.
IT IS UP TO THE GOVERNORS TO SUPPORT THE COMMITMENT TO MEXICO BY THE PRESIDENTS OF THE COURTS, THE ATTORNEYS AND PROSECUTORS GRACO RAMÍREZ
Governor of the State of Morelos and President of the National Conference of Governors, Graco Ramírez Garrido Abreu said that the effort and support the Governors received to improve the justice system were very important. However, he said that is necessary to improve and professionalize all the forensic work, which “allows criminological evidence of cases, which implies a substantial investment in technology and the training of experts”.
He said that, “To make the system work, we must now strengthen the accusatory part, and invest in the prosecutors' offices for a specific program of forensic and expert services”.
He stressed that, “It is time to strengthen the accusatory part, improve it and for governors to make every effort; it's up to us to ensure the chain of custody, to fully guarantee units of precautionary measures which may resolve trials of freedom, and provide all the conditions to ensure public defenders due process.
He expressed his congratulations to Chief Justices, attorney generals and chief prosecutors for their commitment to Mexico, adding that it is the governors’ responsibility to support these findings and the conclusions reached.