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La nueva justicia penal en México: Avances palpables y retos persistentes

By: World Justice Project

It has been 10 years since, in 2008, Mexico approved a constitutional reform with the aim of drastically transforming the criminal justice system. The adversarial accusatory system promised increased transparency, accountability, and stronger protections for victims and those accused of crimes. The eight-year term established in the Constitution for the 32 states to transition to the New Criminal Justice System (NCJS) ended in June 2016, two years ago. What has been the impact of the criminal justice reform?

The report explains that, as a result of the implementation of the NCJS, the judge’s rulings are clearer, the judges are present and pay attention to the court hearings, and hearings are recorded in audio and/or video. In addition, judicial proceedings are faster. The analysis also shows that the positive effects of the reform take time. In fact, the first implementers of the NCJS show a better performance than other states, although all of them show gradual improvements.

This resource is available in Spanish, and soon to be available in English.