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Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

Baja California governor decides to leave implementation of oral-trial judicial system in Tecate to incoming governor

Authorities had earlier indicated that the system, operational in Mexicali for 3 years, would begin in Tecate as early as this month

System is to be phased in Ensenada in 2014 and Tijuana and Rosarito in 2015

        Baja California Gov. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, during an event marking the third anniversary of the implementation of a new oral-trial judicial system in Mexicali, said Monday that he would leave implementation of the system in the state's other four municipalities to incoming Gov. Francisco Vega, El Mexicano newspaper reported.

         State authorities had earlier indicated that the system would begin in Tecate as early as this month.

         Osuna Millán said that state originally had hoped to start the system in all five municipalities at once, but decided to phase in the system in part because of resistance from some quarters. Many Mexicali lawyers are displeased with the system.

          The system is scheduled to be rolled out in Ensenada in 2014 and in Rosarito and Tijuana in 2015.

          Osuna Millán lauded the progress that has been made under the new system in Mexicali.

Story, El Mexicano (PDF). Story, Frontera(PDF).

Update, Sept. 2: Ensenada Lizbeth Mata defends the new oral-trial system, says it needs to be strengthened. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

Update, Sept. 20, 22: Tijuana university inaugurates mock courtroom as work continues to phase in oral-trial system in Baja California; founder of legal center says new system is working well.

Update, Sept. 23: Governor-elect Vega says he will work hand-in-hand with judicial authorities to implement the oral-trial system. Story, El Mexicano (PDF).

July 24: Story about how system might be implemented in Tecate in August.