Guilty of dysfunction
In the Mexican legal system 93 percent of defendants never see their arrest warrant or a judge, 95 percent of verdicts are "guilty", with 92 percent of these being based on no physical evidence at all.
Completely contrary to fair trial criteria, guilt is presumed until innocence is proven. Furthermore, courts are not open, judicial corruption is rife, the competence of prosecutors is seriously questioned, police are rewarded for meeting arrest quotas, coercion is the norm in extracting confessions, trial by jury does not exist, cases are decided based on documentary submissions without oral testimonies, and it often takes over a year to arrive at a verdict in the case of serious crimes.
Despite this, it is estimated that 78 percent of crimes are not reported, as most people consider it a “waste of time” reporting a crime. In 2010 the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) found that less than 1.5 percent of crimes were punished by the judicial system.
Mexico's civil law system is derived primarily from Roman law and the Napoleonic Code, and judges (and even other court officials) are active in developing a case, gathering evidence and deciding on guilt after many separate 'hearings' in which only written depositions, statements and reports are considered.