Change Ahead for Mexico’s Supreme Court?

The Mexican federal government is organized like that of the United States, with an executive branch, a bicameral Congress and a Supreme Court.

Whereas the U.S. Supreme Court has 9 members selected for life, Mexico’s Supreme Court has 11 members, with 15-year terms.

In the Spanish language, the Mexican Supreme Court is known as Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación  (SCJN), The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation.

Source: SCJN Website

The Supreme Court building (pictured left) is located in downtown Mexico City close to the Zocalo Plaza.

Source: SCJN Website

The equivalent of the U.S. Chief Justice is the President of the Court, chosen by fellow judges of the court.   The current President of the Court is Norma Lucía Piña Hernández (pictured left).

In recent years the Supreme Court has become more powerful and independent, having ruled against both the executive and legislative branches.

On the Supreme Court website you can view actual video of Supreme Court sessions, click here for that.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, referred to by his initials AMLO (pictured below), has proposed some changes for the Supreme Court, which are now in consideration in the Mexican Congress.

Source: Mexican Presidential Website

AMLO wants to reduce the number of Supreme Court judges from the current 11 to 9.

The presidente also wants their terms to be reduced from 15 years to 12 years.

And here’s a big one. AMLO wants all judges, including those of the Supreme Court, to be chosen by public elections. That would be a big change. (For sources, click here and here).

Will these changes take place or not? That depends on the developing political situation in Mexico.

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Welcome to Mexico News Report

Welcome to my first installment of the Mexico News Report

What is the Mexico News Report?

What I propose to do is provide an English-language platform for news about Mexico, which is often ignored and misrepresented in the Mainstream Media.

For Americans, Mexico is our neighbor to the south.  Yet many Americans don’t really know that much about Mexico, or understand the country. 

And when I say “many Americans” that includes many politicians, lawmakers, journalists and academics.

U.S. news coverage of Mexican news leaves something to be desired.   

There are some useful news reports coming from the Mainstream Media.  But taken as a whole, English-language reporting on Mexico is lacking something.  It’s unbalanced.    A lot of things just don’t get reported.

I remember back in the 1990s, when I was residing in Mexico.  I read a New York Times article about something that occurred in Mexico, in the same metropolitan area in which I resided.   The article had an enormous error about something in that area.   It was totally wrong.  The error was about a subject that could have been very easily investigated.

I wrote to the New York Times, correcting the error, but I never received a reply.  I’m guessing my letter was just tossed into the trash. 

I resided in Mexico many years, and there was always something interesting going on, much of it not properly reported on in the U.S. media.

There ought to be more comprehensive coverage.  After all, Mexicans are our next-door neighbors, and what happens in Mexico can easily affect us here in the U.S.A.

Mexico is located south of the United States. 

Source: Geology.com

Four U.S. states: Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, are on the U.S. border with Mexico.

At 758,449 square miles, Mexico is big.  It’s the 14th biggest country in the world by area.   

It’s a geographically diverse country, with every sort of natural landscape you could imagine, including deserts, jungles, forests, beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains and snow-capped volcanoes.    

There are huge cities, medium-sized cities, towns and villages.

The population of Mexico is approximately 130 million, making it the tenth most-populated country in the world.

The capital is Mexico City, one of the world’s biggest cities.  It’s not only the political capital of the country, but the economic, financial and cultural capital as well.  

Mexico has some great tourist attractions.  There are pre-Hispanic ruins, colonial architecture, beaches, museums and the geographical diversity mentioned above. 

Like the U.S.A., Mexico is organized into states.   The country has 31 states.  The capital, Mexico City, is not officially considered a state but is the equivalent of a state.

Mexico is the world’s largest Spanish-speaking country.  In addition to the Spanish language, there are Indian languages spoken in some regions.

The Mexican federal government is organized like that of the United States, with an executive branch, a bicameral Congress and a Supreme Court.

Whereas the U.S. president has a four-year term and the opportunity to be re-elected, the Mexican president has a six-year term and cannot be re-elected.

The current president is Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, often referred to by his initials AMLO.  

The two chambers of the bicameral Congress are the Senado (the Senate), with 128 senators, elected to six-year terms ; and the Cámara de Diputados, the Chamber of Deputies, equivalent of our House of Representatives, with 500 representatives,  up for election every three years.

Whereas the U.S. Supreme Court has 9 members selected for life, Mexico’s Supreme Court has 11 members, with 15-year terms.

Mexican state governments have governors, legislatures and courts, and then there are municipal governments. 

There are plenty of things occurring in Mexico that would be of interest to American readers.

I hope you can join me on the Mexico News Report.  If you would like to be on my mailing list, click here, write me and request that.

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