Mexico has spent 8 years overhauling its dysfunctional justice system, but it might need 11 more to fix the mess

Activists hold signs to demand justice for the 43 missing students outside the office of Mexico's attorney general in Mexico City. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)
Activists hold signs to demand justice for the 43 missing students outside the office of Mexico’s attorney general in Mexico City. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

By Michelle Mark and Reuters / Business Insider

For the last eight years, Mexico has been trying to overhaul its justice system, described by many as dysfunctional, with a series of extensive reforms set to be implemented next month.

But Mexico isn’t even close to being ready.

A study published by CIDAC, an independent Mexican think tank, said that the country needs 11 more years for the reforms to be implemented at the current pace.

The reforms, which have a constitutional deadline of June 18, replace Mexico’s current system with one more similar to the US’s criminal-justice system.

Because of the slow-moving nature of written proceedings, a massive case backlog has formed in Mexico’s courts. The result: a patchy and antiquated justice system that leaves some perpetrators unpunished and suspects languishing in prison awaiting trial for years.

http://www.businessinsider.com/mexico-needs-11-more-years-to-reform-justice-system-2016-5

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