Judge Mauricio Cruz Navarrete, based in Morelia, Michoacán, postponed for five months the hearing where Ms. Linda Tinajero reported that her ex-partner illegally sued her 7-year-old daughter, even though there was a legal agreement acknowledging that she has custody of the child.
Ms. Tinajero has 7 months without seeing her daughter, despite different judicial offices where they ask the father of the minor to allow her to live with her mother; with judge Cruz Navarrete’s new decision,
“It was months of living hell”: a collapsed and resourceless system complicates a solution to family trials
At this last hearing, which would be held on Tuesday 17 November online for health measures to prevent COVID-19, Mrs Tinajero’s ex-partner did not connect to the session.
He presented a certificate where a doctor recommended him to rest absolutely for 12 days, after he suffered a second-degree sprain.
“I understand that the pandemic has delayed the work of the courts, but when it comes to minors justice must be more immediate and in my case and that of other parents is not,” said Linda Tinajero, who on Thursday the 19th afternoon in the company of friends and other parents in the same situation, marched from the Government Palace to the Supreme Court of Justice of the State of Michoacán (STJEM).
The protest was to require local judges to speed up their cases, but also to call on parents to prevent their sons or daughters from living together for custody issues.
“We are several parents who have months without seeing our children, it is not fair,” Ms. Tinajero added.
During Thursday’s protest, parents marched in silence, with cardboard and blankets stating that “the pandemic should not be a pretext” to lengthen judgments.
Parents reported that on the occasion of the pandemic they have not been able to have cohabitation with their children, as the Family Cohabitation Center where they used to meet has been closed since March.
In other cases, the trials have been lengthened for months, so they called on the Michoacan judiciary to speed up the cases.
Following the silent protest, Héctor Octavio Morales Juárez, presiding magistrate of the Judiciary of Michoacán received a commission of mothers and fathers, who asked him to open the Family Cohabitation Center again to the public, as well as for judges and judges to rule with adherence to law and legal times.
The magistrate explained that the closure of the Centre was “a determination of the plenary of the Council of the Judiciary of Michoacán to safeguard the health of children and adults who attend the Centre, due to the health situation that is lived worldwide”.
“On the other hand, he assured the impartiality of the judges, while repeating the call for them to continue and resolve matters within their jurisdiction in legal times. (Y) They agreed to maintain dialogue to find mechanisms to meet the needs of coexistence, reducing risks related to the pandemic.”
Animal Político sought a position on the Judiciary of Michoacán to know why Mrs Tinajero’s case was postponed for five months, but until the close of the edition there was no official answer to the subject.
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