February 2014

Mexico's Congress Approves National Code of Criminal Procedure 
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The Chamber of Deputies of the Federal Congress of Mexico approved a new National Code of Criminal Procedure on February 5, 2014, which will establish procedural uniformity across the country. At present each state has its own Code of Criminal Procedure.


The Code establishes a uniform oral, adversarial criminal trial process and provides rules for the various stages of investigation, prosecution, and punishment of crimes. The Code will apply nationwide to the procedures for adjudicating federal as well as common crimes.


The Code, which had been previously approved by the Senate, must be published in Mexico's federal official gazette, the Diario Oficial de la Federación, in order to take effect. It will come into force at the federal level gradually, under the terms established by the Federal Congress after consultation with the Federal Judicial Branch, the Secretariat of the Interior, and the Attorney General of the Republic, but the date of full entry into force may not be later than June 18, 2016.


The Code will come into force in each of the states and the Federal District under the terms determined by the legislature of the area, in consultation with the appropriate authority responsible for implementing the adversary system of criminal justice.
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Issue: 2014-1
In This Issue
National Code of Criminal Procedure Approved
Alliance Partnership Programs
CWAG on the Web
Cooperative Agreement Renewal
SETEC Instructor Certification
Cooperative Agreement Renewed for 3 Years

The CWAG Alliance Partnership is pleased to announce the renewal of its cooperative agreement with the US Department of State's International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau, which will allow it to continue promoting collaboration and cooperation among state Attorneys Generals' Offices in both countries during the next 3 years.

Event and activity schedules are being finalized and will be published in the next newsletter. 
CWAG Instructors Achieve Certification 
Congratulations to Susan Lustig and Frank Collins on becoming Certified Instructors for courses on the New System of Criminal Justice by Mexico's Technical Secretariat of the Council for the Coordination of the Implementation of the Criminal Justice System (SETEC).


SETEC, the government agency charged with coordinating constitutional criminal justice reforms implementation in Mexico, conducted the selection process in October, significantly increasing  the number of Certified Instructors from around 450 to around 1,350. As the deadline of June 18, 2016, for full implementation of the reforms draws ever nearer, more Certified Instructors  will be needed to provide training to the thousands of justice system personnel at federal, state and local levels throughout the country.



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This material was funded by a grant from the United States Department of State. The opinions, findings and conclusions stated herein are those of the author[s] and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of State.
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