In accordance with General Agreements 3/2020, 6/2020 and 7/2020 issued during March and April 2020, the Plenary of the Supreme Court of Justice (“SCJN”), decided to announce certain measures for mitigating risks related to the COVID-19 disease, including the declaration as non-working days from March 18 to May 31, 2020.
On May 26, 2020, the Plenary of the SCJN issued General Agreement 10/2020, which extends the suspension of jurisdictional activities until June 30, 2020, in the understanding that during such period terms will not elapse, however, the days and hours that may be necessary for the development of the activities with the purposes mentioned below, will be enabled electronically or remotely:
a) Provide on the suspensions requested in urgent constitutional controversies and the judicial actions necessary for the effectiveness of such measures.
b) To present the initial writs within the competence of the SCJN only electronically, using the FIREL or e.firma, and to generate the corresponding electronic files.
c) Continue with the electronic processing of matters regulated in the Amparo Act, constitutional controversies, unconstitutional actions in which laws of annual validity or, electoral regulations, have been challenged, and the appeals filed in those means of constitutional control settled before the SCJN, or the appeals filed against urgent constitutional controversies presented since March 18, 2020, that go beyond the matter of suspension, through the use of FIREL or e.firma.
d) To digitize the documentation and to integrate the electronic files for the matters mentioned in subsection c) above, to continue its processing electronically.
e) Provide through electronic means the matters mentioned in sub-sections b) to d), and for notifications to be effected by writing or electronic list, as appropriate, as well as electronically.
f) To effect the service of process ordered in the proceedings initiated electronically since June 1st, 2020, and by writing to the respective authorities the orders that admit “amparo under review” remedies filed before or after the date herein mentioned.
g) To hold remote hearings and appearances.
h) To provide on the matters listed or that may be listed for the sessions the Plenary or Chambers of the SCJN may hold remotely; to announce the decisions taken in those sessions by writing or electronic means; to sign electronically the relevant additions and votes; and to make available the drafts of the resolutions through electronic means.
i) To notify the legislative bodies, the judgments issued by the Plenary of the SCJN, in unconstitutional actions or constitutional controversies, should the effects of the declaration of invalidity are subject to such notification.
j) To conclude the completion of the matters decided before March 18, 2020, by the Plenary and Chambers of the SCJN, to sign them electronically and to notify them by writing or through electronic sign.
The deadlines for submission of requirements ordered during the month of June 2020, and for filling appeals electronically against such requirements, will restart or begin only for the party that files his submission electronically. In the case of orders admitting “amparo under review” remedies, the period for its challenge will start from the date of the effectiveness of the notification made by writing or electronic list.
The measures above mentioned intend that the SCJN carry out its activities during June with the necessary precautions to face the SARS CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic.