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Mexico: Convention on Use of Videoconferencing Approved

(Jan. 23, 2012) On December 14, 2011, the Mexican Senate approved and submitted for Presidential signature the Ibero-American Convention on the Use of Videoconferencing in International Cooperation Between Justice Systems, which is designed to foster the use of videoconferences between the signatory countries during legal proceedings. The Convention was adopted on December 3, 2010. (Press Release, No. 495, Aprueba Senado diversos instrumentos internacionales (Dec. 14, 2011), Mexican Senate website; Convention text [in Spanish], Mexican Senate website (last visited Jan. 18, 2012).)

The Mexican Senate indicated that the use of videoconferencing allows the competent authorities of the signatory countries to avoid delays and costs in obtaining the testimony of witnesses, experts, and the concerned parties when such persons are outside the member country where the legal proceedings are taking place. (Dictámenes a Discusión y Votación, De las Comisiones Unidas de Relaciones Exteriores, Organismos Internacionales y de Comunicaciones y Transportes, el que contiene proyecto de decreto por el que se aprueba el Convenio Iberoamericano sobre el Uso de la Videoconferencia en la Cooperación Internacional entre Sistemas de Justicia y su Protocolo Adicional relacionado con los Costos, Régimen Lingüístico y Remisión de Solicitudes (Dec. 14, 2011).)

In addition to Mexico, signatory parties to the Convention include Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, El Salvador, and Spain. (International Legal Framework on Videoconference, Ibero-American Portal for e-Justice (last visited Jan. 18, 2012).)