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Seeking broader access to legal system, Mexico

Associated Press, Published: August 24

MEXICO CITY — Mexican officials have announced that select court proceedings will be available through the Internet for the first time in the country.

Officials say that civil, tax and administrative cases will be processed through a state website. Officials expect everything from filings to rulings to be done electronically.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the initiative will allow broader and faster access to the country’s legal system. Officials didn’t say when it would be launched.

The Internet initiative announced Wednesday is one of a series of legal reforms Mexico has attempted in recent years, with mixed success.

In 2008, the country began moving away from closed-door rulings by judges to open and public courts. But not all of the states have implemented the new system.

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Published Sunday, August 28, 2011 1:37 PM by Zinnia Q.


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