MEXICO: Access to justice for children

This report is part of CRIN's access to justice for children project, looking at the status of the CRC in national law, the status of children involved in legal proceedings, the legal means to challenge violations of children’s rights and the practical considerations involved in challenging violations.

The legal status of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) is well-recognised in Mexican law - it has been incorporated into national law, and is directly enforceable in the courts through the Amparo Law, which allows children to file petitions for the protection of their rights under the CRC when violated by general provisions, acts or omissions of authorities. Children, however, face several barriers when accessing justice, including their general lack of legal capacity to bring cases to court, the lack of legal aid in non-criminal matters, and reported delays and unpredictability in the justice system. It remains to be seen what impact the proposed reforms to the judiciary and justice sector will have on children's access to justice in Mexico.

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