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(May 02, 2008) The Mexican Senate recently passed a bill authorizing several judicial reforms, including the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent; the guarantee of the presumption of innocence; and the provision of public and oral trials. The bill also provides for the representation of suspects by qualified public defenders. Mexico's House of Representatives approved the bill in February 2008. To become law, it must be approved by at least 16 of Mexico's 31 states and be promulgated by Mexico's President. (Dictamenes de las Comisiones Unidas de Puntos Constitucionales, y de Justicia con Proyecto de Decreto Que Reforma y Adiciona Diversas Disposiciones de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos [text of the Judicial Reform Bill], official Web site of Mexico's House of Representatives (last visited Apr. 15, 2008); Katerina Ossenova, Mexico Senate Passes Judicial Reform Bill, JURIST, Mar. 6, 2008, available at

Author: Gustavo Guerra More by this author
Topic: Judiciary More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Mexico More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 05/02/2008