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Mexican Legal Research

This is a brief guide to researching Mexican Law.

Case Law

As Mexico is a civil law system, cases play a different role in jurisprudence; the code is where answers are sought, rarely cases. Case law also does have the same kind of binding precedent as in common law systems. Although key Mexican legislation is sometimes translated, case law is predominantly available in Spanish. When searching for cases keep in mind, the date format will be day, month (e.g. 5/6 is June 5th not May 6th ).

  • Anales de Jurisprudencia ( Updated to 2006) INTL KGF75.D5 A8 and available through
    Lexis [Legal > Find Laws by Country or Region > Foreign Laws & Legal Sources > Mexico > Jurisprudencia (Caselaw) > Jurisprudencia de la Corte Suprema de Mexico - Mexican Caselaw (Coverage from 1900's through September, 2009) *Text in Spanish*
    Biblioteca Juridica Vittual provided by the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico coverage from 1998-2004
    A bi-monthly publication of select civil, business, family, penal and juvenile justice cases from the Tribunal Superior de Justicia del Distrito Federal, as well as some articles, studies and historical documents.
  • Semanario Judicial de la Federación y su Gaceta (updated regularly) INTL KGF70.A2 S451
    The official resource for the Supreme Court (the highest court for constitutional and federal jurisdictions) as well as for the Federal Courts. It is divided by Pleno, Salas, Ejecutorias,Votos Particulares y Minoritarios
  • Suprema Corte de Justicia through their Buscador Jurídico has some limited case searching