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 Council (CJF). 

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 Italy. 

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.