·        We must ensure that the procurement and administration of justice is timely, effective, fast, and meets citizens’ demands, he said.

·        In justice in Mexico there are two major challenges: combating impunity and advancing everyday justice, he said.

·        The new Criminal Justice System breaks a paradigm adopted by this country for over 100 years, he said.

President Enrique Peña Nieto said today that since the start of his administration, he set a goal of, “Promoting and implementing structural changes and reforms that would allow us to break the barriers that were holding back the development and progress of our nation,” and as regards justice, we must achieve what this 21st century society in Mexico is demanding: full rule of law, prompt, expeditious and transparent justice for the benefit of Mexican society.”

As he inaugurated the National Conference on the Administration and Enforcement of Justice, he said: “We must ensure that the procurement and administration of justice is timely, effective, fast, and meets citizens’ demands.”

The president declared that there are two major challenges for justice in Mexico: combating impunity and advancing everyday justice, he said.

He noted that combating impunity has to do with the fact that, "When we have someone who is presumably responsible for the commission of a crime, that person should not only be taken into custody but their trial should be properly supported by a investigation, and also by the observation of due process in the courts.”

“That will allow us to move forward in strengthening the full rule of law. That is what will give greater certainty and confidence to the nation that we represent,” said.

Regarding everyday justice, he said that, "Not all justice is reduced to the criminal sphere,” and that the majority of cases should be settled or judged elsewhere: In the civil, family, commercial, labor sphere and, “That's where the demand for justice of the population lies, in these areas that are outside the criminal sphere, which form part of what we have called everyday justice.

He recalled that in the course of this year, forums will be held that will make it possible to,  “arrive at legal initiatives to advance everyday justice, and ensure that Mexican society can really have speedy, expeditious, transparent justice, not only in the criminal sphere, which this paradigm shift in the new criminal justice system is intended to achieve, but also in other areas that are part of everyday justice.”

President Peña Nieto also mentioned immediate challenges, such as, “Achieving proper implementation of the new Criminal System of Oral and Adversarial Justice, which breaks away from the paradigm adopted by this country for over 100 years.”

He thanked the magistrates, judges and those involved at the different levels of the administration and enforcement of justice for, “The efforts they have made to meet the new challenges of these changes and this transformation we are experiencing as a country.”

He also acknowledged their efforts and work to, "”Fully comply with the constitutional mandate and achieve the validity and  of this new criminal justice system throughout our country."

He said that this major legal progress will certainly be, “A watershed for the legal life of the country and represent a major step to restoring public confidence.”


Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa said that in terms of the administration and enforcement of justice, “We must remain committed to building and having a rule of law, and reducing the crime rate.”

“Strengthening the rule of law is a big responsibility, but at the same time it produce great satisfaction with every step  we take forward,” he explained.

Mancera Espinosa stressed that the challenge is to implement the new adversarial system in the country, and therefore, there is an urgent need to show the public how it operates.

I'm sure, Mr. President, that next year, the Adversarial Criminal Justice System will be successfully implemented in our country.”

The mayor also mentioned that in Mexico City, “We are complying with this task that was entrusted to us, which the nation has set for all states,” since nearly 100 percent of the police evaluations have been completed.

Finally, he acknowledged that cooperation between law enforcement and the administration of justice is essential and necessary to have a modern, updated justice system and above all, a guarantee of Mexicans’ fundamental right.


Arely Gomez Gonzalez, Attorney General and President of the National Conference of Law Enforcement, said that, “Security and justice are two of the main demands of citizens and two elements that give strength to a democratic state project.

“Mexico will continue to grow to the extent that we, as representatives of the institutions of the Mexican State, maintain an open, self-critical attitude and ongoing collaboration," she added.

Arely Gomez stressed that, “In our hands is the responsibility to protect Mexicans, to find solutions to reduce violence, reduce the crimes that hurt society most and restore the peace and tranquility that families want.”

The Attorney General of the Republic stressed that the agreements reached by the National Conference on Law Enforcement in the past six months show the openness of  all the prosecutors and investigators in the country to correcting or improve their processes and being more accountable to society.


Edgar Elías Azar, Presiding Judge of the High Court of the Federal District and the Judicial Council of the Federal District and Chairman of the National Commission of Superior Courts of Justice, said that, “Our obligation and our commitment lie with the democratization of Judicial Power, which is what the Mexican Judiciary branch must show.”

“We must strengthen our ideals, achieve our dreams together in the same objective, by defending the concept of justice that has cost Mexicans so much, to which we have all devoted so much effort.”

Judge Elías Azar told the president: “We proudly confirm our commitment to you. The 32 states are present here, and I say that all the presidents and all the courts have more than enough willingness and enthusiasm. You are not alone, we are all walking by your side, we all support you.”

Elías Azar said that as a human creation, justice can always be improved and always tends to advance and achieve better, more reliable states. And that is the path we must take: to think and reflect on the justice we want tomorrow, the justice that will rule in a country that increasingly tends to improve.”