REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – Three new courtrooms costing more than $1 million were inaugurated in Reynosa’s Center of Justice.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony featured Tamaulipas Governor Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca and the president of the Supreme Court of Justice in Tamaulipas, Magistrate Horacio Ortiz Renán.

García Cabeza de Vaca said the newly opened rooms will benefit 232,600 local residents.

At a press conference, he said the judicial system in Tamaulipas was adapting to new legal requirements being imposed at the national level.

He said the second phase of the new justice center includes a platform, witness area, defense counsel, prosecutor’s office, witness rooms, judges deliberation room, three offices for protected witnesses and three private offices for judges.

García Cabeza de Vaca said the state government supports the work of the Tamaulipas judiciary, even though it is autonomous.

Although he acknowledged that there is still “much to do,” García Cabeza de Vaca said “great progress has been made in the administration of justice in Tamaulipas.”

Ortiz Renán said that during the last three years, the accusatory oral system has grown, which demands the creation of more chambers.

He pointed out that in 2016, more than 500 hearings were held. So far, in 2020 more than 10,000 have been held.

Ortiz Renán said construction of new rooms will “relieve the pressure,” because at the moment the Attorney General’s Office, the Human Rights Commission, the Public Defender’s Office and the Judicial Power all converge.

García Cabeza de Vaca tour of Reynosa also included the inauguration of new laboratories for students studying petroleum engineering at the Reynosa-Rodhe campus of the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas (UAT).

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