Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in Mexico, the Federal Judiciary Council, and the Judiciary Councils of 30 states, ordered the suspension of all activities of Mexican courts (both federal and local). Most of the suspensions will last until April 20, as a preventive sanitary measure. During this period, all the court deadlines are suspended for pending matters. Additionally, parties may not start any legal proceedings, with the exception of some urgent matters.

Exceptions to these measures include criminal matters and actions relating to the payment of alimony. In this regard, courts are working with the smallest possible number of employees.

Moreover, under Official Communication number 4-2020 of the Federal Judiciary Council, the suspension will not apply to the following urgent matters:

  1. The exercise of criminal action involving a person who is under arrest;
  2. The procedure related to a letter rogatory where a legal issue needs to be resolved;
  3. Search warrant requests;
  4. Extradition requests;
  5. Deportation orders;
  6. Detention orders;
  7. Amparo actions involving the risk ofdeath, government actions against personal freedom that are not part of a judicial proceeding, isolation, deportation, extradition, forced disappearance, torture and other actions that violate Article 22 of the Mexican Constitution.
  8. Draft into the army, navy or air force; and
  9. Those who have such character under the relevant laws.

The only states that have not suspended judicial activities, are Tlaxcala and Zacatecas, whose courts keep working with minor preventive sanitary measures.

This is the list of suspension periods of local courts by state:

State Suspension period
Aguascalientes March 19th to March 31st
Baja California March 18th to April 19th
Baja California Sur March 20th to April 13th
Campeche March 23rd to April 19th
Chiapas From march 23rd until the health authorities report that
the conditions are optimal to resume normal activities
Chihuahua March 18th to April 19th
Coahuila de Zaragoza March 19th to April 19th           
Colima March 18th to April 19th
Durango March 18th to April 19th
Guanajuato March 21st to April 19th
Guerrero March 18th to April 19th
Hidalgo March 19th to April 8th
Jalisco March 18th to April 19th
Mexico City March 18th to April 19th
Michoacán March 19th to April 19th
Morelos March 18th to April 19th
Nayarit March 18th to April 19th
Nuevo León March 18th to April 19th
Oaxaca March 23rd to April 20th
*The hearings previously scheduled in those days,
will be performed
Puebla March 18th to April 19th
Querétaro March 21st to April 8th
Quintana Ro March 19th to April 19th
San Luis Potosí March 18th to April 19th
Sinaloa March 19th to April 19th
Sonora March 18th to April 19th
State of Mexico March 20th to April 20th
Tabasco March 20th to April 20th
Tamaulipas March 18th to April 19th
Tlaxcala The Judicial Branch continues working with
preventive sanitary measures
Veracruz March 18th to April 17th
Yucatán March 19th to April 19th
Zacatecas The Judicial Branch continues working with
preventive sanitary measures
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