Monday, June 20, 2016
New Criminal Justice System now in effect throughout Mexico
Office of the Mexican Presidency
• In the last eight years, more than 21 billion pesos have been invested in the implementation of the
reform, 89 percent of which have been spent during this Administration.
Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto led the event
to mark the entry into force of the New Criminal Justice System throughout the country.
"This is a historic moment for the country. Mexicans
can and should be proud of having achieved the most significant legal transformation in the past 100 years.”
In Mexico, since independence,
the legal system has been built and refined through the cultural heritage and work of notable jurists.
However, over time, the
Criminal Justice System showed clear signs of exhaustion, particularly in the face of the sharp increase in violence and insecurity
reported in the country during the first decade of this century.
It was then that Civil Society raised its voice with unprecedented
vigor to demand and contribute to a qualitative change in criminal justice.
“With a constructive spirit, tenacity and perseverance,
it managed to persuade the Mexican State as a whole to carry out an unprecedented effort of institutional transformation.
That is precisely what we are celebrating today.”
Implementation, actions and challenges
Completion of the implementation
of the new Criminal Justice System constitutes a key step in providing society with closer, more transparent and effective
This transformation is the result of a collective effort:
The Coordination Council for the Implementation of the Criminal Justice
System and its Technical Secretariat led the efforts to meet the deadline set in the Constitutional Reform.
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 security officers.
Likewise, prosecutors' offices have embarked on an ambitious process
of modernization and internal restructuring to keep pace with this transformation.
Twenty-one federal and national laws were created or reformed
and over 350 local laws were changed.
Today, Mexico has new laws, new institutions, new processes and even new physical spaces, to transform
“But the most important thing is for people to assume the significance of the change we are undertaking. In this
way, we will enable the law to achieve its highest purpose: providing justice.
Let us make the new system the emblem of a country committed
to legality and the rule of law.”
"New Criminal Justice
System enters into force across the country," Presidency of the Republic, Jun. 18, 2016, Mexico, DF; translation: Presidency
of the Republic