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The lag in justice

It is logical that, within the complex justice system, resistance to the substantive changes stipulated by the new Accusatory Criminal Justice System is found
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27/06/2017
10:00
Mexico City
Newspaper leader by EL UNIVERSAL
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The procurement and delivery of justice is an unfinished task for Mexican democracy. These principles, which should be implemented expeditiously and strictly in accordance with the established protocols, still require great institutional efforts to gain public confidence and be truly useful in this process of change experienced by the justice system in our country.

It is logical that within the complex justice system resistance to the substantive changes stipulated by the Accusatory Criminal Justice System (SJPA) is found. One of the main obstacles is found in the harmful routines that survive within the involved institutions which hinder the success of the new system. Another, the lack of speed in the management of investigations.

In this regard, as reported by EL UNIVERSAL, less than half of the investigation files initiated at the Attorney General's Office (PGR) have been determined by the federal public prosecutor's office, indicating a significant lag in procurement matters and impartiality of justice. this, despite the implementation of the SJPA, a year ago.

The delay in the processing of investigations is part of the inertia of the Mexican justice system, which has been characterized by its inefficiency in the processing of cases that reach Public Ministries, either for lack of adequate personnel or for omission. On the other hand, the implementation of the SJPA has not managed to solve the old vices that carry the heavy and opaque structure of justice in the country.

The lack of a solid culture of legality, in which citizens play a fundamental role in the proper conduct of justice-related matters, also explains to a certain extent the lack of a legal structure to ensure a full compliance with the law. Deep down there is a profound collective mistrust towards a judicial framework that is lost in the bureaucracy and loses sight of the justice imparted for the welfare of majorities.

How to reduce the lag of the judicial system? Banishing the old vices of the system, such as opacity, factious use and manipulation of the law, as well as biased delivery of justice. The SJPA is only a first step on the road; a road which must be walked by a citizenship that counterweights the institutions of justice and demands the guarantees they deserve. It is the route for a new culture of legality to emerge.

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