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As a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Supreme Court of Justice, the Federal Judiciary Council, Administrative Courts, and dependencies of the Federal Public Administration, issued several Accords by means of which they have suspended activities.

In this regard, below we briefly describe the Accords that have been published to date and discuss their practical effects:

Authority Suspension Agreement Practical effects
1. Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) Suspends administrative and jurisdictional activities from March 18 to April 19, 2020.

During this period, no sessions and hearings will be held, and procedural terms will be suspended. Urgent claims on constitutional controversies continue to be accepted upon submission.

2. Federal Judiciary Council (CJF)

Suspends administrative and jurisdictional activities from March 18 to April 19, 2020.


During this period, no procedural terms and periods will run, nor will hearings be held.

Some jurisdictional authorities were designated to remain on duty.

3. Federal Administrative Court of Justice (TFJA)

 

 

[ Accord SS/10/2020]

Activities in all the chambers of the Court are suspended from March 18 to April 19, 2020.


[ Accord SS/10/2020]

During that period, noprocedural terms will run and no hearings will be held.


The Court did not enable any authorities to give attention in urgent cases.
4. Judicial Power of Mexico City (PJCDMX)

 

 

Activities and procedural terms are suspended (except in criminal courts and courts of the Adversarial System of Criminal Procedures in case of constitutionalterms) from March 18, resuming work on April 20, 2020.


[Accord 39-14 / 2020]
During that period, procedural terms will run and no hearings will be held.

The Court did not enable any authorities for urgent cases in administrative matters.
5. Court of Administrative Justice of Mexico City (TJACDMX) The period comprising March 18 through Friday 17 is deemed a non-business period. Activities will resume on April 20, 2020.

During this period, procedural terms and jurisdictional proceedings are suspended.

Requests for suspension/injunction on contested acts will continue to be accepted upon submission. 

6. Ministry of Public Affairs (SFP)

Procedural terms are suspended from March 23 and until April 17, 2020, and they will be deemed extended by a period equal to the suspension period;

 

[Accord published in Federal Official Gazette, March 20, 2020]

During this period, no hearings will be held, nor will notices or official requests be issued, except in urgent cases considered as such by SFP.

 

Investigations  of administrative offenses, and extremely urgent public acquisition procedures, leasings and public works are also exempt from said suspension.

7. Federal Office of Consumer (PROFECO)

From March 23 to April 20, 2020, no procedural terms will run in cases dealing with  infractions to the Consumer Protection Law, and arbitrations.

Special means for dealing with consumer complaints and settlement procedures were established.
8. Government of Mexico City (CDMX)

From March 23 to April 19, 2020, no terms will run and deadlines are suspended in connection with administrative procedures, customer service, and defense mechanisms in progress at different levels of the Government of Mexico City.

 

[Accord published in the Official Gazette of CDMX, March 20, 2020]

The deadline to file tax returns due, within April, relating to local taxes is extended -such tax returns can be filed no later than April 30, 2020.
9. National Hydrocarbons Commission (CNH)

No legal terms for procedures will run from March 23 to April 19, 2020.


[Accord published in Federal Official Gazette, March 20, 2020]
During this period, the clerks office for submissions will remain open at 9:00 a.m. at 13:00 hrs.
10. Secretary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) / Tax Administration Service (SAT) No Accord.

No term extensions for the payment of individual or corporate federal taxes nor tax incentives have been granted.

 

As of March 24, 2020 (the date on which most of the above listed Accords entered into force) neither the SHCP nor the SAT have issued communications or publications that confirm the suspension of procedural terms in matters in charge of said tax authorities.
11. Tax Ombudsman (PRODECON) No Accord. It has not stopped receivig claims, requests for conclusive agreements or consultations, however, all assistance is being done remotely -through electronic means.

We will keep you informed of any further Accord published by other authorities at the federal or state level.
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