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Mexico: New Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic

(June 9, 2009) On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute establishes a new structure for the PGR and creates a system of regional coordinator administrative units whose geographical locations will be determined by various criteria, such as crime rates and population levels. The Law also grants new powers to the Federal Public Prosecutor's Office in the preliminary investigation of crimes, criminal procedures, and provision of services to the victims of crimes; eliminates the Federal Investigation Agency and creates the Federal Ministerial Police; and requires each employee of the PGR to undergo a thorough screening process. (Decreto por el que se expide la Ley Orgánica de la Procuradoría General de la República, DIARIO OFICIAL (Mex.), May 29, 2009, available at http://dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5092047&fecha=29/05/2009.)