Suspension of jurisdictional activities
THE SUPREME COURT SUSPENDS JURISDICTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Based on the provisions of Articles I, third paragraph, and IV, fourth paragraph, of the Political Constitution of the United Mexican States, which bind the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) to take the necessary measures to protect the health of all people, and taking into account the risk implied by the health contingency derived from the COVID-19 virus, the Plenary of the SCJN, through General Agreement 3/2020, dated March 17, 2020, ordered the suspension of all jurisdictional activities, in accordance with the following: (i) declared the days from March 18 to April 19, 2020, as inoperative on the understanding that during this period procedural deadlines will not apply, and (ii) enable the days and hours for admission of urgent constitutional controversies were suspension measures have been requested, in accordance with the provisions of article 282 of the Federal Code of Civil Procedures.
SUSPENSION OF JURISDICTIONAL FUNCTIONS AT LOCAL AND FEDERAL LEVEL
For preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and following the World Health Organization recommendations, the Plenary of the Council of Federal Judiciary, through Agreement 4/2020, dated March 17, 2020, decided to suspend jurisdictional functions in the organs related to Federal Judicial Power (FJP), from March 18 to April 19, 2020. The latter implies in essence that: (i) the activities of the jurisdictional bodies of the FJP are suspended, (ii) procedural deadlines will not apply, (iii) no oral hearings or sessions will be held by the Circuits Plenaries, and (iv) only the jurisdictional bodies in guard for attending urgent matters will be exempt from this measure, working on a schedule from 9:00 to15:00 hours, always seeking to take preventive actions such as remote work and use of the technological tools that may be necessary.
As for the Federal Criminal Justice Centers, the FJP agreed to suspend the procedural deadlines distinct to constitutional ones, in the understanding that the non-urgent oral hearings will be rescheduled starting April 30, 2020. Urgent determinations are:
- a) Qualification of arrests.
- b) Relation to criminal process.
- c) Implementation and modification of precautionary measures related to preventive detentions.
- d) Extradition determinations.
In the same sense, during its ordinary session dated March 17, 2020, the Plenary of Mexico City Judicial Council, established in Agreement 39-142020, authorized the “Contingency Plan for the Judiciary of Mexico City”, which entails suspending the work and procedural deadlines from March 18 to April 20, 2020. Only the jurisdictional bodies in criminal matters and judges of the Accusatory Criminal Procedure System, including Justice for Adolescents, as well as the Unit for the Supervision of Precautionary Measures, Conditional Suspension of the Process, Judicial Management Units and Specialized Judicial Management Units will be exempt from the Agreement herein mentioned.
FEDERAL COURT OF ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE SUSPENDS JURISDICTIONAL ACTIVITIES
In compliance with provisions of the Agreement 3/2020 of the General Plenary of the SCJN and in accordance with the provisions of Article 65, second paragraph, of the Organic Law of the Federal Court of Administrative Justice, the General Plenary of the Superior Chamber of such jurisdictional body, also determined to suspend jurisdictional activities from March 18 to April 19, 2020, on the understanding that during these days may not apply procedural deadlines.