The long road that the extinction of the trusts of the Judicial Branch must take

The extinction of 13 trusts of the Judicial Branch of the Federation has to go a long way before it is resolved whether it is appropriate or should be discarded. It will be the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation (SCJN), which will have the last word in this case that affects more than 55,000 workers, including ministers, judges and magistrates. The unconstitutionality actions promoted by opposition deputies and senators have had an effect; this Tuesday the highest court, through Minister Javier Laynez, has ordered the indefinite suspension of the effects of the reform approved last October by the Congress of the Union. This implies that the 15,280 million pesos contained in the funds cannot be transferred to the Federal Treasury and consequently they will not be used to support those affected by the hurricane. Otis in Acapulco, Guerrero at the proposal of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and which the President of the Court, Norma Piña, had accepted. This definitive suspension of the disappearance of the funds is added to what a District Judge in Administrative Matters in Mexico City had already ordered on November 27 in response to the challenge presented by the Association of Circuit Magistrates and Courts of District (Jufed). The effects of these suspensions will be in force until the Judiciary resolves the matter in depth, which could take months.

Laynez has accepted for processing the unconstitutionality actions promoted by deputies and senators of the PAN, PRI, PRD and MC, opponents of the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “The suspension requested by the various senators, as well as certain deputies of the Congress of the Union, is granted in the terms and for the purposes indicated in this provision,” reads the agreement published in the highest court. court. This resolution implies that 13 of the 14 trusts that mostly benefit workers of the Supreme Court, the Judiciary Council and the Electoral Tribunal of the Judiciary on issues related to complementary pensions and extraordinary medical support are not extinguished.

The issue had entered a pause after weeks of tension between the Judiciary and the López Obrador Government. Meanwhile, the president has rejected that the disappearance of these trusts has a negative impact on workers and has maintained that the benefits to which they have access with these resources can be remedied with the annual budget of the Judiciary. However, as long as the constitutional challenges and controversies are not resolved, the more than 15,000 million pesos cannot be delivered to the Federation Treasury. The 13 trusts will continue to operate as before the reform approved last October until the protection and unconstitutionality actions are resolved.

The resolution of the highest court, above what a federal judge can order, warns that the controversy between the federal government and the Judiciary will be reactivated. Furthermore, the elimination of judicial trusts adds to other issues such as the election of a new minister of the Supreme Court and the multiple questions by the president of Mexico to the actions of the ministers on priority issues for the president such as electrical and electoral reforms. .

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