The right of Mexican citizens to justice has
broadened in scope after the signing of a collaboration agreement on
international procedural cooperation.
At the Supreme Court (SCJN) on Monday, Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu signed
the agreement with representatives from the court and the Federal Judiciary
The agreement, which will benefit Mexican citizens, provides for cooperation on
judicial procedures abroad and for addressing requests for legal cooperation
from other countries.
The number of legal cases in Mexico has increased in recent decades as a result
of the international movement of people, goods and capital.
The Foreign Ministry is responsible for dealing with the many requests for
procedural cooperation and legal aid and assistance that impact the lives of
millions of people within Mexico and abroad.
The countries with which Mexico cooperates the most in this area are the United
States, Spain, Germany, France, Guatemala, Argentina, Cuba, Brazil, Panama and
One of the agreement’s main purposes is to halve the time needed to complete
the legal procedures. To streamline the process, electronic signatures will be
used for transmitting requests for international judicial assistance and a consular
network via videoconferencing will be developed, which show the importance of
oral justice system.
All of the methods included in the agreement use technology to make the
procedures more efficient, transparent, quick and inexpensive.